I took a FB test recently that told me I was a pessimist. While I have never been a sugar plums and puppies kind of person, I have been a half full girl, not a half empty one.
I have so changed since 9-11. Since I do not believe our country will be improving any time in the near future, am I doomed to be a pessimist? NO! I can pray for an attitude adjustment and I can tell myself the TRUTH, the way that I always have when times have gotten tough in my life.
Truth One: I need to remember that God is in control.
How did Joseph respond when his brothers threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery, when he was falsely accused by Pharaoh's wife, when he was forgotten in prison? He just continued on with life, believing God and serving others. Toward the end of his life when his brothers apologized for their wicked deeds, Joseph is overcome with emotion. He has not held a grudge. He knows that his being in Egypt at that time in history actually saves his family. He could confidently respond, "what you meant for evil, God used for good."
God has His purposes.