Category: optimism

  • Be positive

    Yes, I had COVID. But, I didn’t go to the hospital. I don’t have long COVID. I am much better. I am going to count my blessings and have a positive attitude during 2023. That’s my Resolution #5. –Joy

  • Get organized

    During 2023, I am going to get organized. This is my Resolution #2. Not completely organized, of course. That goal is unattainable. Better organized. I love Jane Smiley’s response when she was asked how she organizes her books. “Only by kicking them out of the way so I won’t trip over them,” she answered. –Joy

  • One thing at a time

    Sometimes I am overwhelmed. Sometimes I try to do too much. As Madeleine Albright, this country’s first female of state, once said, “Women can’t do everything at the same time, we need to understand milestones in our lives comes in segments.”

  • Be positive!?

    Test negative. Be positive. I had my patience tested. I’m negative. I heard both of these lines during a Zoom meeting recently. Since then, I’m determined to be more positive—and more patient. –Joy

  • Do your best

    I am not perfect. I keep reminding myself that I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to say exactly the right thing every time. It’s okay if my house is not perfect, if I don’t look perfect, if I haven’t accomplished everything I want to accomplish. All I can do is do my…

  • Be positive

    Sometimes, especially when confronted with a pandemic and politics, it’s easier to be negative. I’m trying harder to stay positive. As bella hooks once said, “Because we have learned to believe negativity is more realistic, it appears more real than any positive voice.” –Joy

  • Hope and confidence

    Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement,” Hellen Keller once said. “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” We watched a PBS special about Helen Keller last week—and learned that she was brilliant and she accomplished so much. But, she was not perfect. She was complicated. She was a most interesting person. –Joy

  • The light

    “Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light,” Theodore Roethke once said. It’s the end of June, and I look for bright flowers when I take my early morning walk. I always fill better—stronger—after my walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will…

  • Hope and confidence

    “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence,” Helen Keller once said.

  • Don’t whinge

    I just learned a new word. The word is “whinge.” If you whinge, you complain about unimportant things all the time. I’m am going to try to avoid being a whinger! –Joy