Thursday, March 7, 2013

Expecting the Best

“...But a sanguine temper, though for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. It soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again.”

I always think about this quote from Jane Austen's "Emma" because I tend to be the exact opposite. I think I can protect myself from disappointment by setting low expectations or setting myself up for failure. "I know I didn't get the job", "I must've failed that test", "Something will surely interfere with or ruin this great thing that's happening", etc. But all the doubting and worrying really doesn't make me any less disappointed or any more excited when good things do work out. It just puts a damper on times that could be filled with hope and optimism. One more thing to add to the "I'm working on it" list!


Brooke said...

I recently happened upon your blog and I'm so glad I did. This is an awesome post. Thank you for sharing, it's exactly what I needed today!

Lari said...

PROFOUND! Thank you for expressing in words the brilliant things I can only express to myself because they are stuck in my head!