The Recovering Pessimist

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

Emotionally Cleansing Tears


Tears are emotionally cleansing. When I’m worried about something, my soul feels burdened. Stress develops myself out to the point where my body starts to physically react.

Oh and let’s talk about the anxiety. My stomach tightens, its grip unrelenting. I have no appetite, my heartbeat races, and I can’t sleep. An overall lack of focus keeps me from paying attention to the world around me.

All I can focus on are the burdens.

At some point, the stress and anxiety becomes too much. Panic sets in,. Breathing labored, I feel like I have nowhere to run. Tears race down my face.  Gathering at my chin, stress and anxiety fall one by one. Anxiety releases its grip, my heartbeat normalizes, and I sleep.

In that moment, I get a sense of clarity. Burdens dissipate and I’m relieved.

Beautiful Sadness


Behind the dimpled smile

Past the contagious laughter

A flicker of sadness rests in her eyes.

Anxiety agitates her stomach

Stress dances on her spine

Pride won’t show it

Alone, she cries.

Fear and worry flow hot

Down her cheeks.

Weight slowly lifting

From her burdened shoulders.

A beautiful sadness revealed

A dimpled smile and contagious laughter.

But no amount of tears

Can remove that flicker of sadness from her eyes.

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