What’s the best that could happen?

Boy, I don’t ask myself that one very often.  Someone posed it recently when I mentioned how much I was dreading something.

It struck me as astonishingly simple and obvious, for how profound a difference it could make to any of us who might be prone to erring heavily on the side of the worst that could happen.  And you don’t even have to disregard the worst that could happen.  You could just average the two, and you’d likely end up somewhere closer to what is likely to happen.  Not to mention that considering the best that could happen might make for a measurably more pleasant experience leading up to the outcome in question.