Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pollyanna and Eeyore -OR- How I came to be Invincible

Today I want to share a pet peeve of mine and a discovery.

Pet Peeve

Often I hear people talking about being Pollyanna as if it were a bad thing. Urban dictionary defines Pollyanna as a "Belittling and often insulting term for being absurdly optimistic and good-hearted." But if you read the book, you see that is really not what Pollyanna was about. She was about looking for the good in any situation. And why not? Would it be better to have an Eeyore, "woe is me?" attitude?

Pollyanna attitude has saved me from depression many times. I say long live Pollyanna!


Recently I visited one of my many doctors (I have five that I see at least twice a year or more). As he added a few more diagnosis' to my already long list, the question crossed my mind (not for the first time)...why are these things happening to me? Am I cursed or something? (Eeyore attitude comes easily to all of us!)

I decided on "something". I like to think I have some control in my life, and if I cannot control my health issues, I can at least control the way I respond to them. Enter Invincible!!!

I am Invincible! Yes, it fits, and I like it.

No, senility is not one of my medical issues. And no I do not have delusions. I do have abundant Pollyanna attitude! I am invincible precisely because I have faced all these health issues and overcome!

One of the health issues I faced was pulmonary embolii (blood clots in my lungs). Everyone keeps telling me, "that can be fatal!" Yes, I know. And yet I did not die (just in case you were wondering). I have been through the wringer medically (I have had heart, lung, kidney problems, skin cancer and diabetes...to name a few) and I am here to tell the tale! I am alive! I am not disabled, I still work and care for my wonderful children. I get extra pampering from my wonderful-worried husband. And most of the time I am really, really happy.

That makes me invincible, I'm sure of it! Come what may, I'm ready for it!

That is a Pollyanna attitude. Long live Pollyanna! Long live Leslie the Invincible!!!