You say a thing one way and you go, ugh!
Other people go, ugh, too.
Not everyone, but enough for an argument.
If you want one.
Even if you don’t — check out Twitter!
So you think about it, say it another way and, eureka!
Other people get it too.
Not everyone, but enough for an accord.
Well, the word faith is like that for me.
Lots of negative associations.
The God thing.
No proof, so faith.
Pig in a poke territory.
Can’t prove there is a Supreme Being, with a Supreme Plan, but have faith, and it’ll all be good.
Far too much wiggle room for my liking.
Too much room for charlatans, chancers, dingbats, and downright exploitation merchants.
And a lot of bad things are happening out there, right?
But faith as optimism?
Yeah, that works for me.
And it can work for our children.
We can help them to see that for all its downsides, life is good.
And worth living.
The notion that you can take a leap of faith and choose to believe the world is a good place to live in.
Not perfect. But good.
A positive outlook makes for a positive living experience.
Yes, things can go wrong, and they will.
But we can deal with that.
We have faith.
Besides, they might not go wrong. At least not always.
They might even go right.
Whichever way it goes, we can choose to be optimistic.
To have faith.
We may even enjoy the show.
Our dog Lily has faith.
She’s a natural optimist.
She sees me or any of our family, indeed most people, and her tail wags, and she turns circles of delight.
Expects good things.
Food, a walk, and cuddles.
Her optimism is infectious.
She spreads joy.
I’m not Lily and my life is more complicated, in some ways.
I have to think about being optimistic or pessimistic.
To have faith or not.
I choose faith.
I have my off days, but optimism it is.
Like Michael Stipe sings in Man On The Moon,
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool
Hard to see a pessimist dreaming of putting a man on the moon.
And getting him, or himself, there.
Never-believer or ever-believer?
Pessimist or optimist?
Optimist is also a class of boat, you know?
A very simple little boat.
A nice image.
Makes me think of that beautiful old Donovan song, Happiness Runs, and the lines:
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea
Everybody is a part of everything anyway
You can have everything if you let yourself be
Who’d be a sailor without optimism, or faith?
Optimism is another word for faith.
Faith is a choice.
Worth thinking about, at least
PS: Just found this quote on my Twitter feed, a quote from Noam Chomsky. Serendipitous, or what?:
“If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours.” (Chomsky, 1997)
My Word Of The Week, for @raisiebay’s #WOTW linky is “Optimism”
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