Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: On Optimism

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars,


or sailed to an uncharted land,


or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."
~ Helen Keller

And, no pessimist can truly touch her corner of the world and accomplish that good for which she is capable and destined. Today I set my heart and mind to optimism and faith that every day we can create moments of heaven on earth in our up-side-down world. Giving into pessimism now means sure defeat ... for ourselves and our families, for our neighbours, for those whose faces of lost dreams stare back at us across cities, oceans, and continents.

We keep our home fires burning and we encourage each other to arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances are keeping us. We arise and shine in our new day and gain confidence that even smallest gestures shift the atmosphere and open windows for light to stream in.

Hugs to you,
♥ ♥ ♥


  1. beautiful post. I am an optimist at heart....sometimes almost too much so. I just have always believed that things will work out for the best.

    1. I think for the most part, I am an optimist and do think that things will work out too. But I do easily attune to the moods of those who see the glass half empty or who think the world is going to hell in a hand basket, so I do need to remind myself to keep seeking the beauty and staying the course.

      Funny, I didn't mean for this post to be that serious today, but sometimes you know never where your fingers type to ... down a road less traveled.

      I'm glad you stopped by!

  2. It makes such a difference when we share with each other using our blogs. Thanks for this inspiring post. I'll take it to heart my friend. Sweet hugs, Diane

  3. Attitude makes all the difference in the world! There is great value in being positive and optimistic, in my opinion!:-)

  4. As I taught Emerson today (answers why my comment on FB, doesn't it?), I was taken aback by this quote: "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." Perception. Attitude. Lovely post, Bren!

  5. Hi Brenda. I always try very hard to be optimistic. So glad you liked Susan Branch's newest book. I have so many of her books and love them all. She is a wonderful person. Susan

  6. I like your reply to the first comment - "you never know where your fingers will travel" - so true. Typing or writing seems to loosen up something inside and real thoughts emerge.
    Lovely words on optimism. It is easy to get dragged down, but it's also easy to be uplifted by others. You are the uplifting type of person.

  7. Lovely....I am an eternal optimist. I love your beautiful post today! x Karen

  8. Another beautiful post, Brenda, and so true. Hope is the only answer to all that is wrong with the world.

  9. Such a beautiful post Brenda! So grateful you stopped by my blog last week and it's so nice to find and make a new blogland friend. I've been catching up on a few of your last posts and I absolutely love your thoughts and writing with the images you choose. Plus you're a big Susan Branch lover like me...a true kindred spirit. ;)
    I'll need to add you to my list of blogs so I don't forget to stop by again. Blessings to you. xoxo

  10. Oh, I love that last line, about shifting the atmosphere and opening windows for light to stream in! This is a good word for us today, as the news can be so depressing, and as it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. Despite that, and the fact that I've always struggled with depression, I am an optimist, and I agree, the smallest things can make such a huge difference. Even a batch of chocolate chip cookies!! Spread the love, I say :) I see I've missed a few of your posts, and I hope to get to them soon. xo Deborah

  11. It starts with ourself then extends to our immediate family then out into the world....


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