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Musings: World Without End…

22/12/2012

Optimism is the light of God. It is a form of grace which allows you to be much more perceptive and to look at life with greater clarity.” Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī

Musings: World Without End...

Musings: World Without End…

The world didn’t end as some doomsday devotees had predicted. We are still here, and the blessings and burdens remain; we can choose our perspective and plan accordingly. I like the idea of optimism as a form of grace because it takes grace to see the good in rotten situations. We all weather life’s storms … Don’t give up.   Did you think the world would end? While on an optimistic note, do show my Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise! post some blog likes. TY!

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

Musings: World Without End...

Musings: World Without End…

For the Eternal Optimist (EO), we live in a world without end. For the Eternal Pessimist (EP), it’s just a matter of time before we fall off the precipice. Then there is a third category – The Learned Optimist (LO) with a dash of doubt. For them, it all depends on … some intangible detail or maybe a few more facts. Perhaps that is why it’s LO not LOL! :lol: Which one are you most of the time? Are you a blend of all three? More below!

“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” Bo Bennett

Musings: World Without End...

Musings: World Without End…

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
world without end. Amen. Gloria Patri

It’s raining outside and the cafe owners want more traffic. They invite you to sit under the green canopy and enjoy a glass of wine and coffee refills on the house. You will get a little bit wet, but the last time I checked, nobody had died from sitting a bit in the rain. Of course, you can sit inside and pay full fare; no freebies. Choose your day! What would you do? Happy Holiday Season to All! What are your thoughts? How Optimistic are you?

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! :-)

Positive Motivation Tip: Optimism is a state we can choose to inhabit or ignore. You decide.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Eternal Optimism, Eternal & Learned Optimism collage #1, #2, #3 via Wikipedia, Optimism by Theen, MisUsed Optimism by ClintJCL via Flickr, or via my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  1. 23/12/2012 6:19 am

    The optimist says: The end is near! The pessimist says: The world will NEVER end! ;-)

    • 23/12/2012 6:47 am

      Did you intentionally turn it upside down? :lol: From the point of view of the world ending, the optimist will say the world will NEVER end. If you are looking at it from say a bad event, a terrible sickness, a bad marriage etc, then I can see your point.

      • 23/12/2012 7:48 am

        Yes – and it’s actually logical – both think this world is hopeless and optimist is the one who actually has some hope that it will all be over soon ;-) The pessimist assumes this misery will last forever! :)

      • 23/12/2012 7:57 am

        Interesting way you are seeing it. However, an optimist is a person with a positive outlook so they rarely think the world is ending… They see the cup as half full not half empty. I’m an optimist, and I don’t see the world as hopeless or ending any day soon. :-)

      • 23/12/2012 8:06 am

        That’s my cynical worldview ;-)

      • 23/12/2012 8:08 am

        I see… :lol:

  2. 23/12/2012 6:27 am

    Perfect post!

  3. 23/12/2012 6:55 am

    Neither EO or EP , I am a VIP (very insane person), in a good way. *=))

  4. 23/12/2012 7:05 am

    I love this post. When I was little and things were going poorly my mother’s favorite thing to say was, “Don’t worry. It’ll be better tomorrow.” And it WAS! And it still always is. I had no choice but to grow up an optimist.

    • 23/12/2012 7:15 am

      Que sera sera, my mom said often. I’m optimistic and sometimes with a dash of doubt. TY! ;-)

  5. 23/12/2012 7:19 am

    Positive post, Elizabeth
    I’ll be back in the new year 🎄

    • 23/12/2012 8:02 am

      TY Tracy and I love that jingle bell. Merry, merry! :-)

  6. 23/12/2012 8:13 am

    I’m that irritating eternal optimist. My motto? All things are temporary, especially the bad. :-)

  7. 23/12/2012 11:50 am

    Optimist, definitely. I was born on the bright side, and I consider it one of my greatest gifts. One of the trappings of optimism is gratitude – if one believes in a “giver” – and that leads to joy. What a wonderful gift. I do, at times, sink into depression, but it’s an I-can’t-access-the-joy-I-know-is-there kind of funk, not a funk that doubts the joy. Thanks for the post.
    Peace,
    Melanie

    • 23/12/2012 12:19 pm

      You said it well and I have moments too when it’s gray and dank, but that’s when I also reach deeper for the joy I know is lurking nearby. It’s been a tough year and grace has seen me through a lot of it. TY!

  8. 23/12/2012 3:00 pm

    The pessimist can’t see the forest for trees,
    while the optimist sees a forest for every leaf… :-)

  9. 23/12/2012 4:43 pm

    Beautiful post Eliz, Merry Christmas my friend :)

  10. 23/12/2012 7:12 pm

    Positive(Optimist) …who lives with a pessimist…
    will be 44 years in February…
    I believe we balance each other…

    • 26/12/2012 5:54 pm

      I believe you and your smiling gravatar confirms it . ;-)

  11. 23/12/2012 8:22 pm

    I am an optimist, I think, despite being very cynical at the same time (is that possible?) For me the glass is half-full… :-) Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • 26/12/2012 5:58 pm

      Hi Petchary, I believe it is possible to have some cynicism about life and still appreciate all that keeps it going… I don’t see a huge conflict there as I don’t see optimism as Pollyanna-rish, but a balanced positive view on life. not so naive… :-) TY!

  12. 23/12/2012 11:47 pm

    Optimist: “This too shall pass”
    Me: “What’s wrong with ‘this’?”
    I guess you might want to call me a delusional optimist.
    Another wonderful dose of positivity, Elizabeth. Thank you.

    • 26/12/2012 6:01 pm

      Delusional optimist? Now that’s a funny one… :lol: I think you are more of a rational optimist than you give yourself credit for… Sorry, I’ve been so behind on my visits. TY for your patience. ;-)

  13. 24/12/2012 3:03 am

    Happy Holidays to you , Elizabeth – Thanks for all during 2012

    Kind regards
    Mariane Cordes
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    • 26/12/2012 6:03 pm

      TY so much for your support n kind words and I will visit to catch up too…
      ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪ :lol: Happy Holidays to You & Yours! :lol: .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥
      ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” ♥ ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜”
      Eliz

  14. 24/12/2012 1:37 pm

    I’d probably go inside if it was cold – on a hot day I’d stay outside in the rain ;)

    I’ve known some people who have had dreadful lives and are still very optimistic and I’ve known people who have had great lives and are awful pessimists. Me? I’m the eternal optimist ;)

    • 26/12/2012 6:14 pm

      I’d do same and skip the cold… Yes, I’ve known people with so much who are pessimists and good things keep following them around … interesting :-(

  15. 24/12/2012 5:22 pm

    Moderation is key. Too far either way is too much.

    • 26/12/2012 6:20 pm

      True… but maybe now and again we can have a little mermaid indulgence, no? :-)

  16. 25/12/2012 12:03 am

    hi Eliz,
    happy Christmas!
    link: portrait of some happy famous Rock musicians

    http://everyday-i-show.livejournal.com/168804.html

    as a gift to you and a thank you for sharing your spirit!

    • 26/12/2012 7:10 pm

      TY for sharing these… They are amazing photos and a walk down memory lane. I was in London in the 70s and the US in the 80s… lots of great bands featured and lots of GREAT memories… TY!!!! :-)

  17. 25/12/2012 11:59 am

    World without end… It’s a great title and the very title of Ken Folett’s awesome book! Anyway, that’s a powerful message, thoughts: optimism! We choose what to be, how to be.

    • 26/12/2012 7:12 pm

      TY dear one… There is a prayer that also has the same ending so it came to me as the ideal title… Not always do I find the right one. TY! :-)

  18. 27/12/2012 6:16 pm

    I am pretty optimistic, but definitely have a realist inside that tries to spoil it. :-) That one I feed cookies to and all is right in the world again. Great post.

    • 02/01/2013 9:23 pm

      TY Angelia! I’m learning to check back on posts to make sure I didn’t skip any. When I respond via the reader, I miss what came before. I love your comment… I feed mine cookies too. :lol:

  19. 28/12/2012 10:41 am

    Am usually the pessimist, but I never expected the world to end. I am absolutely sure the Mayans never meant that in the first place :-D
    Let us hope they were talking about the end of a greedy, zaded world and the beginning of a golden era. Not holding my breath though :-)

    • 28/12/2012 10:54 am

      I hear you! Same here… Would love to see the end of greed and a renewed vigor for true and lasting global peace… :-)

  20. 29/12/2012 7:55 am

    I was a pessimist who became an optimist. I’d never have believed it :)

    • 02/01/2013 9:24 pm

      I believe you… we have shadings of both; with one a tad more dominant. :-)

  21. 30/12/2012 3:07 pm

    I was born a pessimist. okay, okay, pessimists are not born! rather, was raised in a somewhat pessimistic atmosphere. I married an optimist and slowly, SLOWLY I can see how to be an optimist, with the help of hubby and my life coach. how’s that for convoluted? :D So, I’m sort of with Tilly Bud above :)

    • 02/01/2013 9:26 pm

      I understand your point as it is what some of us go through too… You are blessed to have married an optimist. TY! :-)

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