“Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating fireflies” —Robert Frost
I’ve always heard that optimism is a choice, and one that will, should it be made, secure better health, happiness, and a world of good vibrations for those around you. But truly, as one who has always preferred the power of optimism to the poison of negativity, I know it’s an extraordinarily complex choice and one that comes with an enormous commitment to hard work and constancy. It’s not an easy path to follow.
And so it has been during the Covid 19 pandemic of 2020. The more overwhelming it’s become, the harder it is to keep one’s head above water. And the longer it goes on, the more surreal the situation seems, leaving little room for positivism of any kind. That is. . . until everyone started talking about the silver linings winking at us out of the gloom. Initially, I assumed I was the only Pollyanna voice promoting that old-fashioned phrase, but soon found it was popping up all over the place, as if everyone had read the same social media post at the same time. Each one of us has found we have a long lists of things to be grateful for coming from the challenge of this new life thrust upon us. Continue Reading