When you read the title of this blog does it make you think you are having a bad day or having a great day and tomorrow will even be greater? Danielle writes that conscious optimism is the soul of service. On page 123 of her magnificent book, White Hot Truth there is an awesome poem titled Nothing Changes Without Me:
Sometimes, my heart is so open
I can’t tell if it is a gaping wound
or a portal for everything that ever was and ever will be.
I’ve learned to Love the beautiful terror of eternity,
and scenario planning for how shattered I could be
if the dark things got tall
and if I fell backwards in my forgetting of the Light.
But you can’t fall backwards in Space,
You can only only only ever unfurl.
More than anything,
I’ve wed the certainty that nothing changes without me –
not coal becoming diamonds
not fertilizing eggs
or migration patterns
or medicine dreams.
And what I had thought was a net cast to me from a higher God
is actually strands of Truth and filaments of desire
that I have tied together with my own two hands.
And in precious encounters, I tie what I know and want to you,
so we can ride the winds of wonder.
Here is the link to obtain the book: White Hot Truth.
So let’s have a look at how optimism lessens the suffering of others:
1. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
2. Cute take on words: Everybody.
3. A great quote from the 33rd POTUS. Scholars, starting in 1962, ranked Truman’s presidency as “near great”; since then he has been ranked between 5th and 9th in historical rankings of U.S. Presidents.
4. My neighbours upstairs gt their lemons from a tree up the road that overhangs someone’s fence. Hey, free lemons: Mrs Robinson.
5. The perfect 10 gymnast from the L.A. Olympics
Mary Lou has kept providing the soul of service for her now 49 years.
6. When you fall down, you can do the former or the latter. The optimist is a latter type of person, also there are other to help you get up: One More Time.
7. An optimum list that will get you through your day when it feels tough.
8. Born deaf and blind Helen Keller certainly lived a faithful life. The first deaf-blind person to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in the United States, very little stopped this amazingly optimistic soul.: Stronger.
9. From the worlds favourite philosopher, Ms Unknown comes an analogy between pessimism and optimism.
10. His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, The Dalai Lama, whatever you want to call him, without his optimism the world would be a much sadder place: Be Optimistic.
11. Robert Michael Hensel was born with the birth defect known as Spina bifida. He is also a Guinness World Records holder for the longest non-stop wheelie in a wheelchair, covering a total distance of 6.178 miles. Now that’s optimism multiplied tenfold.
12. If you haven’t taken it on because of….., begin it now but don’t do it the way that has stopped you before: Solving Problems.
13. Helen Keller again, she was an inspiration to the world in the way she gave from her fullness, even though we would consider some of them disabilities.
14. Because everyone loves cat and dog drawings: We love Cats.
15. Definitely, time to delete that file.
I love Danielle’s definition of “Waking Up” –
We all need to wake up
so we can do the work
that needs to be done
to live in a world
that we espouse to want to live in.
The music this time comes from Ingrid Michaelson, The Lemonheads, Daft Punk, Kelly Clarkson, The Dalai Lama, Brent Cobb and Bemular. Different styles, but all enjoyable.
Namaste until next time, my dear friends.