Six Word Story #195

I Was Poisoned By My Neighbours

Six Word Story:

One step backwards, two steps forward.

About The Six Word Story:

People generally say, “one step forward and two steps back.” But I decided to give it a more optimistic spin in this six word story today. I’m sure my usual readers are shocked. Don’t be afraid, I am still the pessimistic princess of WordPress (I really hope that doesn’t catch on, don’t quote me on that or I will sue) and am likely not going to become an optimist any time soon. However, I was feeling particularly optimistic today. Why? No idea. The truth is, I woke up to my WiFi not working which meant I had to deal with that. And was behind in my work. But still, the day was good and I can’t complain.

Back to the SWS. Over the last two or three years I have seen so much growth in myself as a person. Especially mentally. I have learnt how to set better boundaries, control my emotions, not let mental illness get the best of me and so much more. Do I still have bad days? Yes, of course I do. Everyone has bad days. And those are the steps backwards. But those steps are overshadowed by the steps I’m moving forward. For every step I have taken backwards, I have moved two steps forward. And for that I am truly eternally grateful.

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109 responses to “Six Word Story #195”

  1. I can’t become who you’d prefer.

    1. Really like that six word story. It’s hard to be someone we’re not and it’s often best to be ourselves.

  2. I really love the optimistic reframe that you put on that famous quote. I hope that somebody who is struggling can put this into their contextual framework and have some major breakthroughs. Gosh, years ago, I know if I would’ve seen this and internalized that belief, instead of ONLY focusing on the negatives, I could’ve been miles ahead from where I am now. Cheers to your progress and success!

    1. Thank you so much! Wish I had been lucky enough to internalise this belief years ago too but better late than never.

  3. Small doses of optimism are not criminal but don’t let them take you all the way to a positive thinking mindset. I am kidding

    1. Haha thanks, don’t worry I’m always cautious of becoming to optimistic.

  4. Love the optimism! I, myself, am an optimist. I can’t help it! My dad was the biggest pessimist the world has ever seen! I lived with that (and how it rubbed off on my mom) for many years. I couldn’t stand it. As I learned to lean more on God, He has brightened my outlook!

    1. Thank you and I get what you mean because my dad is pretty pessimistic too, even for me lol!

  5. Nice adaptation of the traditional quote!

    Personal growth is such a great thing, isn’t it? It’s great that you are feeling optimistic at the moment, with the progress you’ve made. Being in that space comes in handy when things do go awry (such as Wifi going out!).

    1. Thanks so much. Yes, being in a positive mind space does help a lot and it’s always nice to think of how much we’ve grown.

      1. You’re welcome. Enjoy the positive vibes!

  6. It’s completely fine to be positive. It’s not a personally trait, it’s just a condition. Pessimist and Optimistic labels have been shoved down my throat since I got access to the internet. Why dumb down your complexity to a word with a vague definition.

    Anyway, I like that take. Not because I’m positive, but I love when stuff is fresh at times and this is fresh and kinda makes more sense to me.🤷🏾 Thank you.

    1. True, not everything is black and white. Most things are grey. Glad you enjoyed the six word story and thanks.

  7. Well this is a beautiful quote pessimistic princess.
    Love it.

    I am happy that you are dealing with your mental health much better now.

    Yes, we all have bad days, but how we manage those makes us different.

    Take care and keep smiling
    Pessimistic princess, haha

    1. Haha thanks so much! True, how we manage our bad days makes a huge difference.

      1. I love this name a lot I swear. I know it may sound offending to you and I don’t intend any offence. 🧟‍♂️
        But, this name is fun.

        You should write a blog about it.
        I’m glad to be a friend of “Pessimistic princess” 😝

        I’ll stick around long enough to see you become optimistic queen.

        1. Haha thanks, it’s a fun name and I don’t hate it but I would rather not be remembered for it 😅 I don’t think I’ll ever be an optimist. It’s a historians sacrifice, we can never truly be happy for we know too much of the world. Lol that sounded too philosophical 😅

          1. You should bring your historian side more on your blogs.

            Something related to history as a blog would be fun.
            Have a peaceful time ahead 🤗

            1. That would be fun for me but I don’t know if my readers would feel that way 😅

              1. You can never know until you try

  8. My second dream came true today! Going to school to become a Certified Nurses Aide. My job is paying for everything. so, I think that’s three steps forward and a bright future ahead of me. I think how you switched it up is alright. Think positive and positive things happen.

    1. Wow, a big congratulations to you! That’s fantastic news. Wishing you lots of success at nursing school.

        1. You’re very welcome.

  9. Bravo to you, Pooja, for your personal growth over the last few years and for acknowledging that growth. ✨ Six words made more powerful by your personal connection to the story!

    1. Thank you so much, it’s really nice to know I’ve grown as a person! 😊

      1. A pleasure to read about your positive changes. Change can be difficult. Celebrate your accomplishments! 🌻

        1. Thanks! 💕😊

  10. Team #pessimisticprincess

    1. Haha thanks but you will be hearing from my lawyers…

  11. i prefer to fly, thank you 😋😉

    your optimism smiles through your words.
    lovely, Pooja🤍

    1. Haha flying is often the more fun option 😅 Thank you 😊

      1. you welcome 🤍

  12. I like your version of the quote! I feel like I’m making progress, instead of just being optimistic!

    1. Thanks and yeah it’s all about doing better not being perfect!

  13. Very nice.

    1. Thank you.

  14. This post made me laugh especially the threat to sue. Thanks, it was just what I needed today.

    1. Glad it made you laugh, hope you have a great day.

  15. I could do with some optimism right now.

    1. Sending some positive vibes your way.

  16. Nice story!
    I consider myself as an optimist.
    Great to know you are feeling that way.😊

    1. That’s great, being optimistic in this world is no easy thing. Thanks 😊

  17. I like this! One step back two forward sounds progressive at least

    1. Thanks and yes definitely progress!

  18. Personal growth for the win!!!

  19. Loveee it so trurr

    1. Thank you 😊

  20. One faux pas, she parachutes down

    1. I too have wanted to parachute down after my faux pas.

  21. One note samba, she tap dances

    1. Sounds like fun, lovely six word story.

  22. One step backwards, three steps forward!

    1. That’s even better!

  23. One step backward, three steps forward!

    1. One step backward, thousand step journey.
      [sorry, I saw that you posted twice the same words and thought maybe I could add something. I like your added enthusiasm]

  24. You’ve never seemed particularly pessimistic to me (I won’t tell anyone), I think that’s one of those things we judge ourselves for that other people don’t notice as much lol. There’s a such thing as too much positivity too, though. Don’t worry, you’re not even close to crossing that line. 😅Similarly, I always feel as though I talk about myself far too much, so to compensate I focus entirely on other people and almost never talk about myself, and when I do I feel guilty for the rest of the day. But when I talk to people about it, they say that’s not even close to true. Even that sentence made me feel like I was twisting your post into talking about me. 🤣

    1. How dare you accuse me of being an optimist? 😅 I think we usually tend to judge ourselves more harshly than those around us. Yay our brain lol. Yes, toxic positivity is not healthy either. Realism is usually best.
      Lol, I don’t think you talk about yourself that much. At least it doesn’t seem so in your comments. I usually feel like I’m mean but people in real life think I’m nice which I always find weird.

  25. Hearing positive spin, you’re dizzy good.

    One lemon given, she puckers up.

    Pessimism trips up, steps on gold.

    Oh no, not optimism. It’s the question of: Is the glass half empty or half full? I always say, the glass is half full with poison, and it’s better if it’s knocked over and spills except that a black cat might walk by and drink it, and if the cat belongs to a wicked witch, she might curse the day in revenge even though she’s the one who left the glass in the first place.

    1. Enjoyed your six word stories. I like to think of it as the glass being both full and empty because I hate choosing…

  26. Isn’t it wonderful when we can look back and see how far we have come?

    1. It is, we often don’t realise how much we have achieved until we actually think about it.

  27. I like the more positive slant 🙂

    1. Thank you so much 🙂

  28. love the twist and see you are positively not pessimistic! 👏💞

    1. Thank you! 😊

  29. I like this, only one step back and two forward will get you ahead of the game for sure ❤️.

    1. Thank you so much 😊

  30. It’s good to be optimistic sometimes 😂

    1. Emphasis on sometimes 😂

  31. Today’s SWS reminds me of growth in general. As we strive to become a better version of ourselves, we are bound to slip back to our old ways. What matters is that the steps moving forward are more than those taking us behind.

    1. Thanks and yes very true. It’s normal to slip back a little but as long as we keep moving forward it’s okay.

  32. I have taken more steps forward this past year, however the back steps seem to shine more brightly in our minds. I guess I’m somewhat of a pessimist too.

    1. I think humans just tend to focus on the negative. It’s the way we’re brought up to function but I am trying to be more positive. But I get how you feel because sometimes I end up fixated on the negatives too.

  33. I like the thought! One step back and 2 forward. Maybe at some point we’re not taking a step backwards, but sideways! Like in the dance of life!

    1. Thanks so much! So true, some steps are more sideways than backwards!

      1. Yup! We don’t always know until later!

  34. It’s been such a pleasure seeing your growth! Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you so much!

  35. Love it❤️

    1. Thank you 😊

  36. Watch out that optimism might take over LOL. But anyway, that is a good way to look at challenging days.

    1. Haha thank you so much.

  37. A very nice and amazing post to read by you Our Pessimistic Princess.. Such a nice name which completely suits you and your nature I think! Well a very nice blog and I really admire you and your work a lot!
    So happy for you ☺💕🤗👍

    1. Thank you so much haha! 😅😊

      1. Your most welcome🎉☺😉

  38. Oh, I’m habituated to use escalator and the lift.😅🤣🤣
    (10 words reply to 6 word story.)

    1. You definitely need to walk each step properly.

    2. Lol love the reply 😅

      1. 🙆🏻‍♂️

  39. Slide to the side, criss cross!

  40. I like this SWS. Sometimes failure leads to success.

    1. Yes, absolutely. Sometimes we need to fail to do better the next time.

      1. Exactly. And sometimes failure clears the path for success (i.e. “I needed to try this, and fail at it, to get this even better idea…”) If you aren’t brave enough for the first failure, you don’t get the idea for the success.

        1. Very true.

        2. True but that need much courage . I think remain positive in odd situation is an art and with time,practice everything heal and then can become more positive and optimistic .

  41. I’ve always heard it as “Three steps forward, two steps back.” That’s less optimistic but it seems to fit my life and my progress better than either of the two versions in your post. Blessings

    1. Whatever works for you. I think there are multiple versions. It’s all good as long as you’re taking more steps forward than back.

  42. I like that positive twist!

    1. Thank you!

      1. You’re welcome, Pooja!

  43. I appreciate your positiveness but most of us can not do 1 step backwards and 2 step forward usually . Hope , practice and time can make it . Thanks for sharing .

    1. Yeah, over time it gets easier for many. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  44. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites

    1. Thank you so much.

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