Today’s Poem ~ To Hope

To Hope

John Keats

When by my solitary hearth I sit,
When no fair dreams before my ‘mind’s eye’ flit,
And the bare heath of life presents no bloom;
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o’er my head.

Whene’er I wander, at the fall of night,
Where woven boughs shut out the moon’s bright ray,
Should sad Despondency my musings fright,
And frown, to drive fair Cheerfulness away,
Peep with the moon-beams through the leafy roof,
And keep that fiend Despondence far aloof.

Should Disappointment, parent of Despair,
Strive for her son to seize my careless heart;
When, like a cloud, he sits upon the air,
Preparing on his spell-bound prey to dart:
Chase him away, sweet Hope, with visage bright,
And fright him as the morning frightens night!

Whene’er the fate of those I hold most dear
Tells to my fearful breast a tale of sorrow,
O bright-eyed Hope, my morbid fancy cheer;
Let me awhile thy sweetest comforts borrow:
Thy heaven-born radiance around me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o’er my head!

Should e’er unhappy love my bosom pain,
From cruel parents, or relentless fair;
O let me think it is not quite in vain
To sigh out sonnets to the midnight air!
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o’er my head!

In the long vista of the years to roll,
Let me not see our country’s honour fade:
O let me see our land retain her soul,
Her pride, her freedom; and not freedom’s shade.
From thy bright eyes unusual brightness shed –
Beneath thy pinions canopy my head!

Let me not see the patriot’s high bequest,
Great Liberty! how great in plain attire!
With the base purple of a court oppress’d,
Bowing her head, and ready to expire:
But let me see thee stoop from heaven on wings
That fill the skies with silver glitterings!

And as, in sparkling majesty, a star
Gilds the bright summit of some gloomy cloud;
Brightening the half veil’d face of heaven afar:
So, when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud,
Sweet Hope, celestial influence round me shed,
Waving thy silver pinions o’er my head.


Today’s Positive Thought ~ It’s the Year for Great Big Dreams

“All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them( Walt Disney).”  It’s early in 2023. There’s plenty of time to make our dreams come true this year. Dreams can’t come true if we’re afraid to dream. Even worse is the believe that we don’t deserve big, bountiful, beautiful dreams to come true. This is the year for great dreams to come true. Make great dreams and summon the courage to purse them.

Today’s Inspiration ~ Our Choice: Live in Fear or Live with Hope

“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”

~ Stephen King

Today’s Positive Thought ~ Treasure Today and Treasure Yourself

Treasure this day and Treasure yourself, truly, neither will ever happen again (Ray Bradbury).” Each day is special. It’s the only day we have. Why not celebrate each moment? This is the only life we have on planet Earth. Enjoy the miracle of you. Enjoy the miracle of the day given to you. Dance, sing, laugh, and give it your all each moment. You will be creating a life well lived.

Think About It ~ Very Few Things are Impossible

From Alice in Wonderland, “For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.” Alice was developing the right kind of thinking. When we get get stymied or stuck and can’t figure something out, it doesn’t mean our situation is impossible. It means that we have found the right solution. It means we have to continue searching. That’s the way it is with most things in life. Sometimes we have to set things aside and give our mind a chance to work on the problem while we’re working on something else. Keep going back to it, you’ll get it right. Remember that failure is only final when we quit. 

Optimism Works ~ Counting Your Blessings Recharges You

Count your blessings. Emiliana Simon-Thomas of the Greater Good Science Center at the Uni-versity of California, Berkeley, USA, says that remembering what you’re grateful for will boost cheerful emotions. She suggests trying to keep a gratitude journal to get into the habit (Source).

Each of us has been blessed with good things happening to us throughout our day. When something goes wrong, we let the one wrong event take credit for the whole day. It’s a myth. Ask yourself, “What are the good things that happened to me today?” Did you have a hot shower? Did you start your day off with a hot cup of coffee or tea? Did someone say, ‘I love you.’ C’mon, think of the all the good things that a happened today and list them in your gratitude journal. I think I see a smile spreading across your face.

Optimism Works ~ Optimism Strengthens the Immune System

According to a 2010 University of Kentucky study that monitored the link between the immune systems of first-year law students and their hopeful approach to their studies, positive expectations for the future can help strengthen immunity (Source).

We all want to be healthy. One of the best prescriptions to strengthen our immune systems may be our attitude. Why not give it a chance. Instead of viewing your cupboard empty and your glass  half full why not seeing your cupboard jam packed full and your cup overflowing and spilling down the street. Life is good and getting better.

Think About It ~ Take the Time

Take the time the to gaze at a beautiful sunset and wonder. Take the time to walk outside in the dark night and look up to the sky and wonder. Take the time to let a baby curl his/her fingers around your pinkie and wonder. Take the time to watch birds darting around and wonder. Life is beautiful and full of wonder. We are a part of it. Take time to gaze at yourself in the mirror and wonder. You are a miracle.

Optimism Works ~ You Can Change the Way You Think

Dr. Norman Doidge, M.D. in his book, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, states that our brains are not rigidly mapped out as scientists once thought. Instead, by thinking differently, our brain has the incredible capacity to form new neural pathways (source).

If you’re prone to negative and doomsday thinking why not switch it around and practice for one week thinking optimistic thoughts. Think about how good things have been and how well things you are working on will turn out. All you got to lose by trying a new way of thinking is setting aside negative thinking and a depressing attitude. C’mon, you can do it. 

Think About It ~ Are You an Influencer?

Being an “influencer” on social media seems to be a big deal. In many ways we are all “influencers” each day of our lives. We may not be “reaching three million followers, but we are reaching something more important. We are reaching those we love. We are reaching those we work with. We are reaching those we live near. The fact that we are alive and in the presence of other people sets the stage for how we influence them. How do you want to influence those you love? How do you want to influence those you work with? How do you want to influence those you live near? Our actions, much more than our words, determine the direction and content of our influence. Influence for good. Influence for love. 

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