“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.
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