Wednesday, June 18, 2008


An overnight misty, dampness settled upon the lake cloaking everything in fog. The old sodium lights glowed orange along the roadway, their reflection barely discernible in the gloom. Bed came early, and we woke surrounded by a dense, white mist. Along the front path spiders had woven their nightly magic, stringing garlands from leaf to leaf, branch to branch. The soft dampness had lined these webs with liquid pearls that glinted in the morning haze. The beauty was there, but there are those who never see that sort of subtle miracle.

There's much to be said for optimism. Optimism is seeing liquid pearls instead of brusquely brushing away annoying spiderwebs. Every day we are inundated by negativity. It surrounds us in every form of media. It's easy to get sucked into the mire and spiral down into a pit of hopelessness. Our challenge is to face the world with optimism and enact positive change in our own small way. Daily.

I'm an optimist, which annoys my husband and embarrasses my daughter.

I'm an optimist anyway.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am glad you are an optimist too Debi. Hang in there despite the negativity you may come upon.

Blessing Counter said...

Optimism is the ability to find joy inspite of our circumstances! It suits you well, my friend. Embrace your heart that finds the liquid pearls and know that though they claim annoyance or embarrasement, your optimism is exactly what your hubbie and sweet girl love most about you! Of that, I am certain! Love you!

Threadspider said...

Optimism is the finest path. It helps others too-even when they don't know it. Lovely writing Debi.

Anonymous said...

Once again, I'm 100% with you on this. That's how I see things too ... life is much too short to do otherwise. Another really lovely and thoughtful post Debi.

wcgillian said...

Beautiful Photo and lovely words to boot!

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Hi Debi- great post and photo. Your post reminded me of another word- in addition to optimism- and that is 'beauty'. Maybe we are optimistic because we can see the goodness in a thing. Here are two quotes regarding beauty that I liked:

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Anne Frank (1929 - 1945), Diary of a Young Girl, 1952

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Anonymous said...

I love this sentiment Debi. There is so much to be said for viewing the world and one's life as a glass half full, not half empty. Visiting you here always reminds me of that. You are a very positive force.


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