you cannot know what the future holds so choose to believe it will be fantastic and work to make it so
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
– Winston Churchill
Luck, they say, is the intersection of preparedness and opportunity.
Optimists find opportunities where pessimists find difficulties, according to Churchill.
This explains why optimists are luckier than pessimists.
The result is a virtuous cycle that helps us remain optimistic.
– Michael Gollin
The Pursuit of Happiness Game
I adapted this from “I went on a trip and in my grandmother’s trunk I put….” We used to play that on family car trips when I was growing up.
For 3 or more players who are able to be together and put away their phones for a while. Try with family and friends, for example on a long car trip, as we did. You will be surprised.
The first person says: What makes me happy is (pick an item beginning with the letter A).
The second person says: What makes me happy is (repeat the first person’s A item and pick an item beginning with B).
The third person says: What makes me happy is (repeat the first person’s A item, the second person’s B item, and pick an item beginning with C).
And continue so on around the group to Z.
Saying what makes you happy, hearing what makes others happy, and memorizing and repeating this communal list as part of the game is a good way to pass time happily and learn something about what each of you like.
Synergy of All
Nature is my temple
I am its god
and it is mine
It gives me life
I give it meaning
We were made for each other
I stand on the grass
and pray by observing with
my mind and senses
I find a wholeness
greater than we many parts —
the synergy of all
We listened to the sunset today. September has its own sound,
the biophonia of late summer
when the survivors –
crickets, frogs –
and sing about their triumphs.