O is for Optimism #AtoZChallenge

Posted April 17, 2021 in A-Z Challenge / 5 Comments

Life, the Universe, and Everything According to My Five-Year-Old

This month I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge and will be posting every day except Sundays. My readers voted for the theme “Life, the Universe, and Everything According to My Five-Year-Old”. During bedtime discussions and colouring sessions, my daughter will finally be providing the answers to the philosophical problems and unsolved mysteries that have puzzled humanity’s greatest thinkers for centuries.


Should we look on the bright side?

Me: [holding a glass half-filled with water] Is this glass half-full or half-empty?

Leona: Half-full.

Me: How do you know?

L: From school!

Me: Some people might see things differently. They might notice what is missing from the glass, instead of what’s in it. It’s the same with our lives. We can choose to focus on the things we don’t have or on what we do have. Which do you think is better?

L: We should be happy about what we have.

Me: Why?

L: ‘Cause the grownups will have to work really, really hard.

Me: What for?

L: To get money to buy us things.

Me: Do you think we should worry about the bad things that might happen to us?

L: No.

Me: Why not?

L: Because then we might wake the grown-ups up all night.

Me: Like you do, you mean?

L: Yes.

Me: How do we make you feel better when that happens?

L: By hugging me.

Me: What would you say to someone who was focusing on their worries?

L: Hmm…I love you. Don’t be scared. And think about the good things.

Me: Like what?

L: Like playing with your family.

child's drawing of glasses that are half full, full, and empty
“Capacity” by Leona, aged 5.
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Would you describe yourself as an optimist, a pessimist or neither? Let me know in the comments!

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5 responses to “O is for Optimism #AtoZChallenge

  1. Love the practical responses, so well thought out and kindhearted.
    I consider myself a pragmatist, hope for the best, prepare for the worst, happy with the in between.
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