Is Optimism Enough?

Are you happy?

The question hits
my gut,
down the hall
at optimism

Of course, I respond.

What else can I say…
Sure life needs tweaking…
I am learning to be better…
I can make this work…

Why?  What do see?
Thoughts unspoken
but the bell has been rung…

(For Reena’s Exploration challenge:  How far can optimism go?  Image my own.)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

37 thoughts on “Is Optimism Enough?”

  1. Interesting question, V.J. I decided to check out what Professor Google had to say. So many aspects to the theory of happiness, but two struck me. “Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved…and to know the source of any unhappiness.” Love the ending of your poem. Just asking the question can trigger a journey of self-discovery.

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  2. I would have to say…it’s enough sometimes. Thought provoking piece here. If optimism takes so much work – which it currently does – then it competes with happiness? And where do we settle amidst the resulting exhaustion. Beautiful photo.

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  3. Interesting question … in my current situation, I am both grieving and grateful. Parts of me are sad; parts of me are happy; most of me is simply braced for continuing uncertainty. (Hospice comes today to evaluate and hence begin caring for my son here in my house. I am exceedingly happy to reach this turn on a very windy, hilly road; I am happy to accompany my son on this road; I am braced for overwhelming grief around one of the many bends ahead.)
    Maybe I should put this into a poem? Thank you VJ, for putting the word “happy” in front of me this morning. You rang a bell for sure.

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