Dealing with what the Gods of Fate have in store for me is simply a matter of perspective.
After a sleepless night of cleaning up after a very sick dog (who is fine now), Monday didn't start out well.
Like the early morning downpour.
Sure, the Pessimist would have seen it as a dreary start to the day.
The Optimist in me realized it could have been worse... it could have been snow.
Then when I parked at work, I grabbed my purse, briefcase and lunch: leftover Evil Jungle Noodle Salad from the previous night's birthday celebration. Unfortunately I hadn't realized it had tipped over, drained all its dressing out of the foam container into the plastic bag, and proceeded to pour in a steady stream out a surprisingly large hole onto my lap.
Well, the Pessimist would have freaked out.
The Optimist? She was just thankful she had put on black jeans that day.
After yanking all available Kleenex out of the box to sop up the sticky mess, I headed out of the parkade and across the street to work. Because it was still raining, I decided to take the shorter route to the side door of the hospital. Which, after hurdling many puddles and landing in a few choice mudholes, I discovered was locked due to all the construction (and hence, the mud) outside.
The Pessimist? "Sure! It figures!"
The Optimist? "Well, at least the rain will clean my salad-dressing-soaked pants."
Once I slopped through the storm around to the far entrance, I made it up to my office, where I found a fish in my aquarium had passed. Oh, I had expected it; it was not doing well last week...
But the Pessimist would have seen it as just one more bad omen.
The Optimist? She had a hard time with this one. At least the poor thing wasn't suffering anymore.
What else could go wrong?
Well, at 10:30 I was tricked into going to the Conference Room where all the office staff had gathered to sing me Happy Birthday, give me flowers, a great big hilarious card and a huge cake.
The Pessimist would have said "Who wants chocolate cake at 10:30 in the morning?"
And after the day she had endured so far, the teary-eyed Optimist screamed "I DO!"
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