Author Archives: Journey to Optimism

About Journey to Optimism

I have a perfect dental record and a heart of gold. I volunteer my free time at every opportunity because I believe we can all make a small difference, and through the accumulation of numerous small differences, together, we can make a large difference in this world. I enjoy politics and public policy but not divisiveness, and I absolutely love writing.

The Terrible & The Fortunate

“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.” – Audrey Hepburn I cannot recall a time when the happiness of others did not supersede that of my own.  My happiness has been … Continue reading

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Navigating Cold Weather with CRPS/RSD: A Call for Advice

Learning the Lingo “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet I will be the first to admit that I … Continue reading

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The Blessings You Never Knew You Could Create: A Picture Book

“Vision:  It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be.  Imagination gives you the picture.  Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture.” – Robert Collier   The Blessings of My Journey….

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Learning to Hope, Not Wish

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” – Flora Whittemore   Everything has changed.  Everything.  Yet it’s the smallest of these changes that tend to bother me the most, such as my once naturally … Continue reading

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Struggles with Wishing for Normalcy

“It is normal to give away a little of one’s life in order not to lose it all.”  – Albert Camus   I just picked myself up off the bed after curling into a ball, crying for an hour.  These … Continue reading

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Sometimes Finding Yourself is as Easy as Finding Your Friends

“Life is partly what you make of it, and partly what is made by the friends we choose.” – Tennessee Williams A Missing Person You may be asking yourself where I have been.  I have found myself asking that very … Continue reading

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Realizing Disappointments Are Not Setbacks

Everyday Disappointments “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Disappointments have been intensely magnified over the past few months; they are lurking everywhere.  I have waited so long to hear good news that … Continue reading

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Taking the Long Way Home

Suffering Silently “The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to … Continue reading

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Together We are Not Alone

Loneliness.  Anger.  Fear.  Laughter. “Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.” – Dag Hammarskjold   I find myself wrapped in my own darkness these days.  Regardless of the number … Continue reading

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Expectedly Hard Days in Unexpectedly Hard Ways

Concerned Strangers “I would like to explain the meaning of compassion, which is often misunderstood.  Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the rights of the other:  irrespective of whether another person is … Continue reading

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The Shades of Grey We Know

The Illusion of Colorlessness “Shades of grey wherever I go The more I find out the less that I know Black and white is how it should be But shades of grey are the colors I see.” – Billy Joel … Continue reading

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Fighting an Invisible Fear

The Struggle of a New Optimist “I like the man who faces what he must, With steps triumphant and a heart of cheer, Who fights the daily battle without fear.” – Sarah Knowles Bolton I’m not really certain whether I … Continue reading

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Some Surprises are Delightful

New Beginnings “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon Some days are more difficult than others, though this last week was particularly hard.  I transitioned … Continue reading

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Assuring Everyone You Will be Okay

The Closing of One Door and Opening of Another “Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything.  You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.” – Henry Kissinger I just walked away … Continue reading

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Remembering to March On

The Wars We Fight I’m normally in bed by now, but I found myself touched by a song today that I had somehow never heard on my playlist.  I’m moved by things that I love, and, honestly, there’s not much … Continue reading

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