Look On The Bright Side

Yes, I am one of those…  I am thankful to have a glass, forget whether there is something in it or not (because, it is a glass, and that’s a great deal more than most might have.)

I’m an uber-optimist.  I see the good in everything, beauty in unlikely places, and positive lessons even when faced with Life’s darker depths.  It’s gotten me into trouble on occasion, no doubt – I am also known to be a giver (and not the best receiver.)  Codependents might recognize the ring of that bell!

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But honestly…I’d rather air on the side of seeing the GOOD in things, and forgiving when “hate” implores it is my only option.  

I’m not blissfully unaware.  

Nor am I above having bad days, moody moments, fits of tears, or overall stress.  

Neither are my lenses completely “rosy” in the oblivious sense of the term – I do see rightly, and I will see both sides, for better and for worse…

But my focus?  My FOCUS is going to lean as positively as I can get it to because anger, negativity, hate, and frustration are toxic.  They injure ourselves as much as others – “holding onto poison,” as they say, isn’t so far from the truth.

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So even when I am having a rough day, or I’m disappointed in myself…  Even if something didn’t go “right”...I will do my best to remember I have a glass to begin with, and that’s quite a start, I’d say…  I also have a faucet, and it appears to be a limitless wellspring…how about that?

Blessed, and then some. 

h0les Lite Black, and A Beautiful Life

So I got a newsletter from Fab.com and this fancy pair of “goggles” (as my mother affectionately terms her glasses) was among the featured items.  They aren’t totally what I thought, but just the image alone made me smile…

h0les Lite Black look like MY kind of glasses…  (I’d look positively dreadful in THESE, mind you…(my go-tos are Oakley or Maui Jims)…but it’s what they APPEAR to be that struck me.  

They reminded me of the way I really do see the World…

My father calls me a “professional cheerer-upper” – frankly, I am thankful for that designation!  

I don’t see the World through rose-colored glasses, I see it in every color imaginable, and then some.  

I don’t see a glass half empty…EVER.  It’s always FULL (even if part is air…it’s technically FULL!)  

And when it comes right down to it, I’m thankful I have a glass at all.

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I know that there are times during which I need to be a little (or a lot) thicker skinned – and I’m working on it.  Being too forgiving can indeed be a detriment when in the wrong situation (such as abuse) – we do matter, and we have to take care of ourselves.

In this way, I recognize that not everything is peaches and cream – I’m one of those rather-hear-the-truth-than-a-lie, no matter how upsetting kind of people.  So there are times at which having that understanding is appropriate, if not also necessary for self-protection.

But on the whole, my default is that the World is beautiful – it is the song my blood sings as it courses through my veins, and the only one it’s known.  I was born that way.  It’s a magical Life, and I am thankful for it…and all the learning that comes my way.

So even though Life can be rough around the edges, I like to Live thankfully, and as cheerfully as I can.  

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I’m not a saccharine-sweet, sycophantic, rosy type…but I AM looking through some awfully beautiful lenses, quite authentically.  And personally…I really appreciate the view.