The Bliss Blog

The Bliss Blog


Perusing Facebook, I had this observation: Mixed in with rippingly painful messages about violence against people, animals and the planet as a whole, political upheaval and general head butting, I am heartened to see words of love, healing, reconciliation, encouragement and great gratitude for blessings, on people’s pages. Yes, those other things are part of our global paradigm and I am just naïve enough to believe that we can change the former with more of the latter.
I consider myself an ‘opti-mystic’ who sees the world through the eyes of magic and wonder and infinite possibility. As a result people, experiences and opportunities come my way that I might have ignored otherwise.

 The Oxford English Dictionary defines optimism as having “hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something; a tendency to take a favourable or hopeful view.” The word is originally derived from the Latin optimum, meaning “best.” Unlike optimal thinking . which is realistic in nature, being optimistic, in the typical sense of the word, ultimately means one expects the best possible outcome from any given situation.”


Can we take a stand FOR something and not just against it?  I recall something Mother Teresa was reputed to have said when invited to attend an anti-war rally.  “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”  What would it look like for you to be an even greater force for good in the world? Would you be kinder to yourself and others? Would you take time to listen with open ears, heart and mind?  Would you clean up after yourself literally and symbolically, so that no one else would need to do it for you? When relationships shift, would you ‘leave the campground better than you found it?’  How about transmitting positivity, rather than negativity? What we focus on, we call into our lives in powerful ways; magnetically attracting that which we are. Are you ready to be on the team that will change the world, for good?

Change the World-Eric Clapton

Photo credit:




Previous Posts

Wedding Wonders
One of my greatest joys in my role as an interfaith minister, is officiating at weddings. Although I have lost count, I estimate that I have married over 300 couples since being ordained in 1999. Mixed gender and same sex couples have walked ...

posted 10:09:09am Oct. 04, 2015 | read full post »

A Living, Breathing Dichotomy
Writing this while listening to my favorite radio station, WXPN, based here in the Philly area. Feet tapping along to the music, bopping into my day. Harry Connick, Jr. is serenading me at the moment. Awoke at the crack of dawn as has been my ...

posted 8:43:12am Oct. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Parenting For Life- An Interview With Author Nina Sidell
  It's been said that children don't come into the world with a how-to manual. Most parents find their way through the sometimes bewildering maze of parenthood on auto pilot or through the ways in which previous generations raised them ...

posted 5:25:37pm Sep. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Intentional and Attentional
We share the planet with more than 7.3 billion people. Most we will never meet and yet each one of our choices impacts on the lives of the others. How we treat each other determines the quality of our lives. Do we consider the impact of our ...

posted 8:38:53am Sep. 27, 2015 | read full post »

For The Common Good
Like many around the globe, I have been following the journey of Pope Francis with interest. I was raised Jewish and am an interfaith minister, so the idea of a spiritual leader also being a diplomat, traveling to the United States fascinates ...

posted 7:38:50am Sep. 26, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.