Tuesday, April 15, 2008


The limits of the mind are often mistaken to be the limits of the world.
-Immanuel Kant
Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse.
Some years, muscadel faces down frost;
green thrives; the crops don't fail.
Sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.
A people sometimes will step back from war,
elect an honest man, decide they care enough,
that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.
Sometimes our best intentions do not go amiss;
sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt
a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen;
may it happen for you.
-Sheenagh Pugh
If you (or someone you know) feels discouraged lately, facing another set back or discovering yet another obstacle, you know it can be tempting to just sigh and give up. And sometimes it is challenging to remain optimistic when more bad news arrives (even motivational speakers sometimes want to punch a wall or curl up in a ball and ignore the sunshine!).
The quotes above remind us that there is hope and that while things may get yucky at times, there are other times when good things happen, when the RIGHT thing happens, when the BEST thing happens!
Maybe you can practice being just a little more optimistic this week, or just today, or heck for even five minutes. It might help you, it might help those around you; it might even change the world.
The above is from a weekly newsletter I get called Ripples! This is one of the better ones I've found, reminding us all that we can make a difference in the world, one little pebble at a time. Each pebble tossed into the puddle, pond, lake, or sea creates a ripple, which spreads out from the place where that pebble entered the water. Those ripples spread in concentric circles which just get larger and larger and larger - just like the tiniest of positive actions we take. :)
Yes, we can bloom where we're planted, and yes, we CAN make a difference, no matter how small we feel.

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