The Recovering Pessimist

Helping pessimists see the bright side of life without losing their "half empty" roots.

The Necessity of Sacrifice


The Recovering Pessimist: The Necessity of SacrificeOftentimes, people will talk about all the things that they want to accomplish in life.

I want a promotion. 

I want to own a home.

I need to finish my requirements for my degree.

Blah, blah, blah.

In some cases, what you don’t hear is how they plan to achieve these goals. See, some people want things out of life, but they don’t want to do the necessary work. Getting a promotion is great, but understand that you have to put in the work to get that promotion. Buying a home requires budgeting and saving. Earning a degree requires that you pass the required coursework.

All of these examples have one thing in common…SACRIFICE.

Sacrifice is a necessity. Working overtime for that promotion. Forgoing a vacation to save for the down payment on the home. Not going out with friends so you can finish that paper on time. All of these examples  required some sort of sacrifice.

Rarely is anything in life handed just given to you. In most cases, you work for them and while working for them, you’ll find that you will sacrifice something to get it. In order to get, you have to give, or get nothing. The choice is yours to make.

Choose wisely.



Updated: April 9, 2015


Risks and Choices


Recently, I overheard a discussion about the documentary Forks Over Knives. A woman was speaking about the difference between the diets of those in the U.S. versus those in Asian countries and the effect it had on their health. When she finished, another woman made the following statement:

“I’m not going to drink tea and eat rice every day.”

insert deep sigh here

The choices you make are directly correlated to the life you live. In the above scenario, choosing to not live a healthier lifestyle comes with various risks. Those risks are both known and unforeseen.

Risks cannot be avoided, but actions can be put into place to prevent the risks from becoming detrimental. In order to implement those actions, one must choose to do so first. The cycle continues.


Public Service Announcement: Your Choice


Declining to vote is your choice. The thoughts/ideas/opinions of others shouldn’t influence your decision. However, when your sense of normalcy changes, remember that your voice is silenced for the next four years.

That is all.

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