"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." ~Winston Churchill
Quotations like these are difficult for me to contemplate. You see, while I try very hard to be optimistic, there's a part of my nature, my very human nature, that is pessimistic.
When I am faced with an opportunity, sometimes all I see is all the work involved. How much will be required of me in terms of time and energy and thought. "Is it worth it?" I ask myself. Generally the answer is no.
Sometimes, I allow opportunities to slip away because I'm not an optimist. I don't see the opportunity in the difficulty of the work, energy, time, and thought involved.
The true tragedy is that I don't allow the opportunity for GOD to shine through me in the difficult situation.
I hope I can remember to think in a more positive manner and allow God to shine through, even when things are difficult and I'm not feeling particularly optimistic about the opportunity--or difficulty--before me.