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Musings: World Without End…

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!

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Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails…

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.” Amma

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails... Monkeys at rest

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails… Monkeys at rest in an outdoor spa

When I started my blog, back in 2008, I was a deer in headlights. I had no idea where it would lead or if it would last but, one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to add a positive note to a tough period in many people’s lives. I was based in Los Angeles at the time, on relocation for an international real estate company, and the real estate market was beginning to shift downward. Our economy was in a downturn and we were all concerned for the future. I signed up for my blog on WordPress.com and Hello World! held future promise. I don’t regret it.

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”  Kahlil Gibran

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails...

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails…

Over the years, I have tweaked that first post and added some links to other posts… but my basic blog philosophy and raison d’être remain same. It is the first thing you read/see when you arrive at my blog and sometimes the only thing for some folk. I still believe that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected and that an optimistic approach works best for this blog. The global economic shift vis a vis the economic downturn that started in 2007-08 is still with us. We have either learned to go with the flow, shift directions or stagnate. What would I change? Why? More below!

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Reflections: Is Reality Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

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

Reflections: Is Reality Half-Full Or Half-Empty? Laughter can shift our thinking...

Is your reality half-full or half-empty? Is the picture of your life an optimistic or pessimistic one? When I first read the prompt, my initial reaction was to say, reality has shadings of both and that it depends on what day of the week we are talking about… But that is not the question. The question that is being asked is really about our world view and how we navigate through life on a regular basis. I know some people who pride themselves on having a cynical or even pessimistic view of reality; they have little patience for what they call the namby pamby world of the perennial optimist.  However, I suspect that privately, some of my pessimistic friends would like a few spins on that optimistic merry-go-round. Why? It works. See that young happy, smiling lady above ? How does she make you feel?  Like sadness, happiness is contagious.

“Optimist: Person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness.” Mark Twain

Reflections: Is Reality Half-Full Or Half-Empty? ... And the glass?

How do you typically view your world? From a place of lack or of abundance? Honestly, this is not a judgement call. It is simply a way for us to consider how we view/quantify abundance or the lack thereof in our lives. We’ve all come across articles that discuss the power of a positive thought and how it helps shape our expectations and  experiences. How we choose to view the glass above, be it half full or half-empty, will depend on our perception of what the glass represents to us. It will depend on our current perspective about our life, and how we typically respond to situations that make us anxious. I think when we are feeling fulfilled and at peace with the world, our response to a half glass of water would be to drink it… and ask for more. When we are feeling short-changed and aggrieved with the world, our reaction to that glass might be to say, “Here we go again, I’m being deprived.” Think about it. I also suspect that our world view; whether optimistic, pessimistic or plain old cynical, will depend on where our mindset is operating from on a particular day, or whether we typically have a high propensity for positive or negative thoughts… It’s not so linear. More below. ;-)
***To blog friends, I’ve been out of commission and will catch up on reading/commenting on your blogs by the weekend. Thanks for your patience!

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