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Optimism – Weekly Photo Challenge

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

Dalai Lama XIV

SEEING IS BELIEVING
SEEING IS BELIEVING

One definition of optimism is “the belief that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe”. So call me an optimist, I’m a firm believer in the power of good over evil. Some would call that looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, and if so then bring ’em on, life looks better that way anyway. So, my thanks to Krista this week for asking what I’m optimistic about!

THREE MONKS
THREE MONKS

“Perpetual Optimism is a Force Multiplier.”

Colin Powell

I am optimistic that those who seek to define their own beliefs as the only truth, and who hope to eradicate those who believe otherwise, may win some battles but will eventually lose the war.

CHINA'S GREAT WALL
CHINA’S GREAT WALL

“An optimist is a braver cynic.”

Colum McCann

I am optimistic that those who strive to make the world seem unsafe will not deter those of us who love to travel – to explore all of the world’s glory – and to experience the history and culture of the peoples with whom we share it.

BARNS AT TWILIGHT
BARNS AT TWILIGHT

“Optimism is not fantasy. It hopes for the best reality without departing from it.”

James Randall Robison

I am optimistic that we will one day understand that fundamentals such as doing unto others, the rewards of a job well-done, and the value of lending a helping hand are intrinsic to our universal health and well-being.

NATURE'S BEST
NATURE’S BEST

“Ignore cynicism, appreciate criticism, and embrace optimism.”

Debasish Mridha

I am optimistic that we will one day appreciate the importance of the nature that surrounds us – and that we will learn to preserve it for our children and our children’s children.

BOOTS ON THE GROUND
BOOTS ON THE GROUND

“If Churchill recommends optimism, who are you or I to quibble?”

Anthony Weston

I am optimistic that we can learn to walk in another man’s shoes, and having walked, will begin to embrace compassion and open-mindedness.

BUILDING BRIDGES
BUILDING BRIDGES

“Cynicism is a disease. Optimism is the cure.”

Aakashvani

I am optimistic that there are no differences so great, nor any chasms so wide, that they cannot be bridged by understanding and caring – if not now then perhaps by future generations.

GOING WITH THE FLOW
GOING WITH THE FLOW

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”

Helen Keller

I am optimistic that as water flows through and around the most obstinate of rocks, those who persevere will eventually find a path to allow them to reach their goals.

MAJESTIC
MAJESTIC

“Optimism is found where gratitude abounds.”

Terry Crouson

I am optimistic that those creatures whose existence is threatened by loss of habitat, hunters’ guns, or any other hazard now and in the future will be treasured and re-introduced in large numbers to environments that can support them.

BROTHERLY LOVE
BROTHERLY LOVE

“You call it insanity, I call it optimism.”

Louise Penny

I am optimistic that love, caring, compassion and empathy, if not the entire answer, are a very good beginning.

And finally, I am optimistic that at least a few of you have managed to stay with me for this very long discussion on optimism 😊 Here’s to a better world – and why not?!

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  1. You’ve got a good motto for the Lunar New Year “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” or I guess I should say the Dali Lama ~ the Three Monks is such a classic shot, but it is your words (along with accompanied “Nature’s Best” photo) that make this such a special post: “I am optimistic that we will one day understand that fundamentals such as doing unto others, the rewards of a job well-done, and the value of lending a helping hand are intrinsic to our universal health and well-being.” Yes indeed. Wish you a great coming week Tina.

  2. Tina — lovely images. I’d continue from my comment on your previous post. I love how your images ‘speak’. Three Monks has all the elements that make photography a language as beautiful and effective as any other.

  3. I was waiting , hoping to be the last to comment. Of all your brilliant posts, and there have been many, i think your writings here are the the most profound and meaningful ever(the photos aren’t bad either). Being by your side on the journey has been an unbelievable experience(s). Keep it going!

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