I had to really stretch myself on this one this week. How do I take a photo that shows optimism? Do I have a photo in my files that expresses optimism?
Essentially at my core I am an optimistic person, but I have to admit that I get blue sometimes. There are plenty of issues going on that get me down, and this week was a real struggle. So when the Daily Post decided on ‘Optimistic’ as the theme for the photo challenge I took it as more of a personal challenge – to find something optimistic to distract myself from the problems I have to sort out.
I have to be honest and confess that most of the time this is what lifts me up and gets me through the hard times. But truthfully, sometimes even coffee is not enough.
But this young man is a real inspiration to me, and I get to listen to him play every week at church. Not only is he an excellent musician but he is also a fine person, a good student, mature for his age, responsible, and always bright. He is optimism at it’s best.
I am also optimistic about my own son, who is working hard in college and already getting more work than he has time for. He has shown great fortitude in getting through difficulties, he is very talented, a good student too, and trying hard to make his own way in the world. Like his older brother and sister who are good role models, each in their own unique way, give me hope for their future.
There are so many people I know who have struggled through incredible difficulties, like my friends who lived in a refugee camp in Africa for 9 years. One of them even made his own guitar out of a metal drum and other trash, and then taught himself to play it.
And another friend who strives to help people heal through music, sound, breathing and other techniques – although she’s had many of her own life struggles she persists in helping others professionally.
I also spent a little time today catching up on Facebook (which I don’t do very often these days), and I came across several very inspiring videos that totally revived my hope in humanity. Here are links to just a couple of them:
A School Surprises Their Cancer-Stricken Teacher A school choir surprises their cancer-stricken teacher with ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’…Posted by Omeleto on Friday, January 22, 2016
Posted by Scientists for peace on Monday, January 4, 2016
10 thoughts on “Optimistic – WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge”
Excellent post on the theme.
See? You had no trouble at all in meeting this week’s challenge. You did well. I couldn’t have done better myself and probably haven’t, but you’re welcome to come visit my challenge anyway. :0)
Hey, thanks for the encouragement, and flowers make me very optimistic too.
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Thanks for your very touching stories of optimism; may you continue to be optimistic while encouraging others to do so as well!
Thanks you, and same to you!
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Such a lovely post. This is such a great photo challenge. Everyone’s post is so upbeat and positive.
Well thanks for your upbeat comment. It always touches my heart when people make the effort to “like” and comment.
Very comfy post
Music and coffee definitely accentuates the positive!