The Dings in my Armour

23 Jan

I am by nature an optimist, a Pollyanna, a glass half-full sort of person.  My personality has always been my secure armour in this all too often cruel world. 

During the past few months that armour has taken some hard hits.  I almost think it is a life test to make sure that I really am an optimist.  That I’m not faking it or hiding my true feelings.

To be honest, I was beginning to doubt my own optimism. 

Then the other day a dear friend told me that I was amazing because I was still smiling and laughing, even when things weren’t so going so well and I wasn’t feeling my best.  It was a compliment worth thinking about, and I have indeed put some thought into it. 

I really do believe that it is okay to smile and laugh when things aren’t going so well.  In fact, it might help you feel a little bit better, and it may help those around you feel a little bit better too.

I like being an optimist. 

My armour might be dented, but it is still intact. 

And that gives me something to smile about.

Mrs. V  🙂

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5 Responses to “The Dings in my Armour”

  1. joanharvest January 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    I am happy to know you are still smiling. I have always loved your smile. I love your header photo by the way. I always find it easier to smile than to frown no matter what is going on in the backround. Keep smiling!!

  2. RC January 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    “I’m still standing, yeah, yeah, yeah…” 🙂

  3. Julie January 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I admire your good attitude. 🙂

  4. Tracy January 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    I’ve been labeled a chronic optimist by many. I know where you’re coming from. Absolutely smile no matter what — it’s when you stop being optimistic that you admit defeat. Never be defeated — there are just too many reasons to be happy. My last few months have given me many dents, too, but all I have to do is look at my beautiful yet imperfect children to realize that no matter what, I truly have it all.

  5. Michaelm January 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    I also admire your positive outlook.
    I see it in the pictures of you and your family.
    I am a bit different in that I choose the self-deprecating alternative.
    As my wife knows, one of my favorite saying is, “Inside every silver lining, there’s a dark cloud.”
    For some strange reason that makes me smile.
    Weird, huh?
    Hope you’re well . . .
    ~m

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