Sunday, February 28, 2010

Optimistically pessimistic or pessimistically optimistic?

The CFO and I have an ongoing discussion on whether I am an optimist or a pessimist. The CFO points out that I have a unique talent for sucking the fun out of a room. Not that I am a kill joy mind you but I can be presented with just about any situation and come up with a VERY bleak scenario. I say bleak but if frequently boarders on catastrophic.

I argue that this is a very useful skill in that I am usually prepared for most possibilities. Here are a couple of examples...

In the van I have:
  • Diapers
  • Pull ups
  • Wipes (ready to use and and extra pack)
  • Extra clothes for the Triplets
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Roadside hazard kit
  • Potty
  • Food (snacks and canned food)
  • Flashlight
  • Pain medication (several different types for kids and adults)
  • First aid kit
  • Extra fuses
  • Two liters of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Lip balm (Addison gets VERY chapped lips)
I know I have more but that is just off the top of my head:)

In the backpack I carry with the kids I have:
  • Extra clothes for the Triplets
  • Extra shirt for me
  • One liter of water
  • Snacks
  • Wipes
  • Pull ups
  • Diaper cream
  • Neosporin
  • Small first aid kit
  • Bactine
  • Hydrocortizone
  • Pain medication (for the kids and adults)
  • Sippy cups
  • Sham wow
  • Pens
  • Sunscreen
And finally on my person I carry a flashlight and Leatherman Skeletool. Not that I am ready for EVERYTHING but I am more prepared than most. I like think that I hope for the best but prepare for the worst. I usually argue that I am an optimistically realist and the CFO will sometimes concede that point. No matter what she thinks about it she likes that I have all this stuff with me in case we need it:)

I've never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn't have the right attitude, didn't give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn't prepared and didn't have the whole program worked out.
Ted Turner


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