#AtoZ Challenge — O is for Optimistic

#AtoZChallenge Letter O

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” — Oscar Wilde

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” — Lucille Ball

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” — Vince Lombard

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” — Victor Hugo

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.” — Audrey Hepburn

“It’s not that optimism solves all of life’s problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing.” — Lucy Macdonald

My crystal ball reflects the world around me. It allows me to consider the future, to glimpse a world of possibilities.

Holding it in the darkness reproduces the terrors walking among us. I tremble with fear that this might be my life. Deep in a sea of despair, misery consumes me. This future I don’t deserve. There must be more of life. I see no way forward, no clear path. Building something different, creating an alternate reality, it’s an insurmountable task.

I raise my crystal ball to the horizon, to a crack of light offering a glimmer of hope. The desperation is my past. To leave the life I have always known, is bittersweet. How can I believe? My wounds still drip with blood. I taste my broken dreams and leave them lying on the ground. My life is around the corner. No longer content to live with my eyes cast down.

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The crystal ball shimmers and shines as I lift it high above my head. A cloudy day reflected, hides the sun and the moon and the stars. I fix my eyes upon the sun.

The choice is mine.

Optimism is the choice I make.


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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