“Celebrate all the good things God has given to you!” Deuteronomy 26:11
1.a person who accepts a situation as it is and is prepared to deal with it accordingly.
If you know a pessimist, they might tell you that they are a “realist” when it comes to the ways of the world. As a practicing optimist who struggles with a pessimistic perspective, I can safely say that it can be difficult to understand that a realistic perception can apply to both an optimistic and pessimistic outlook. God gives us a lot to deal with every day, every moment. We must be prepared to deal with it accordingly. If we only use an optimistic lens we risk not being prepared for a less than ideal situation. However, being strictly pessimistic can cause us to shut out several fitting possibilities.
Trying to stay in the middle of the road as a realist takes work. Practice, prayer, and faith are tools that will help you stay centered. Remember as a kid getting presents, cake, and maybe even the dinner of your choice for your birthday? You probably remember all the great things most likely. I doubt you remembered that one of your cousins showed up late or that your auntie didn’t call on the phone to wish you well. Leading up to your birthday you probably focused on all the fun you were going to have – and you did! God wants us to enjoy and celebrate every gift he gives us. He doesn’t want us to ignore the negative but deal with it, trust Him, and move forward with Him. ~trvw
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My name is Trina VerSteeg Wilcox. I have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University. After working as an applications analyst I made the decision to dedicate more time to writing, developing my creative interests, catching up on new media, and becoming an on-air radio host/personality. I have been certified as a fitness professional through FiTour and the Arthritis Foundation, taught aerobics and created the JRA 5K charity race. I have run in the infamous Boston Marathon two times. My other interests include nature, animals, art, fitness, and too many others to list. I hope to use my life to encourage and inspire other lives.
The enthusiastic responses to my contributions in the Iron Girl newsletters and the articles on my fitness site, PhysMat.com, inspired my passion for writing, creating, communicating, and even running. I reference my childhood diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as my “twisted gift”. It has forced me to persevere and overcome challenges that I may have otherwise never faced, making motivation a priority in much of my work.
I am based in the Springfield, Missouri, area.