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Psalm 90:10, "The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty if we are strong....
#1038037 added September 23, 2022 at 12:53pm
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Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 37
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 37
Hello Grandkids and Others

Things are rolling along here since I last wrote. As always time has slipped away. It is now end of September, where has summer gone too. It is cooling down and the garden has been winding down. The fish have been hard to catch for me. We will go north again this coming week and I will try again. When at the north location I will mow grass for the last time this season and put the mowers away for the winter. The potatoes were dug, and ground plowed the last time we were there.

There is something I have been thinking about as of late. The idea was brought to me by an article I recently read. Am I a pessimist or an Optimist? That is something to think about and not an easy answer to come by. I really do not want to think of myself as a pessimist. I do not think of myself as a negative person. I do not spend my day generally complaining. Well maybe other highway drivers, I am not perfect.
Now the other side, am I an optimist? It is for me hard to be an optimist in today's world. So many problems with so few answers. Problems of War, Disease, Famine, Climate, Economy, Politics, and Culture and more. How does it all end in a satisfactory way? Has the human worldly situation gotten irreversibly out of control? Notice I ask a lot of questions here because I have no answers.

So I have come to the conclusion that I am a Realist. I can be an optimist where there is in my mind a reason to be optimist about future events. May they be short and long term situations. There are some reasons to be optimist, God will be at my side tomorrow, The sun will shine tomorrow, I can look forward to that future day. I and many others will eat tomorrow. I can be optimistic about the wife's and my health for tomorrow. I can be optimistic that our personnel situation can remain satisfactory into the future.

But on the other side being a realist means to not sink your head in the sand and think everything is Hunky Dory. It is not. There are times you need to call a spade a spade and not sugar coat the problems we face as humans. The first step in going forward is recognizing the situations you are in. Then stop digging the hole. I do know that we as individuals are all part of the problems as we are also all part of the answer to the problems. It all starts with our individual behaviors. The other part of the answer is asking the creator for help. We certainly need it. So I say Optimism divided by Pessimism equals Realism.

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