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I don’t know about you but it feels to me that things are getting better. Our nation and the economy still have it’s problems, but a hint of positive change does seem to be in the air, doesn’t it? Or maybe, it’s that spring is on the way and I’m feeling optimistic. Truth be told, I’m a bit tired of all the bad news, and doom and gloom. I think we need to invest more time and energy in optimism…the view is so much better, even if you never arrive.   Harry Truman once said,“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an
optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” I could not agree more. What about you? Are you a pessimist or an optimist these days? I found this little piece from
William Arthur Ward, one of America’s most inspirational writers to help you discern the difference.

The pessimist finds fault;

The optimist discovers a remedy.


The pessimist seeks sympathy;


The optimist spreads cheer.


The pessimist criticizes circumstances;


The optimist changes conditions.


The pessimist complains about the apple seeds;


The optimist plants them.


The pessimist imagines impending peril;


The optimist sees signs of prosperity.


The pessimist disparages;


The optimist encourages.


The pessimist creates loneliness;


The optimist finds friends.


The pessimist nibbles at the negative;


The optimist is nourished by the positive.


The pessimist builds barriers;


The optimist removes roadblocks.


The pessimist invents trouble;


The optimist enriches the environment.


~ William Arthur Ward

(1921-1994)


Peace & Blessings!

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