Hope is the thing with feathers

Not long ago I was reminded of Emily Dickenson’s poem “Hope is The Thing With Feathers,” which I’ve reproduced for you below. That, in turn, inspired an image that I’ve also reproduced for you below. In the area of positive thinking, what can be more realistically positive than hope in the midst of negative circumstances? It doesn’t ask you to deny the actuality of the circumstances; it merely encourages you to get through them with an eye to the possibilities of something better in the meantime and afterward.

A meadow lark sings by a pear tree

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers
by Emily Dickenson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Smile a rainbow

rainbow over a tree

Some of my favorite thoughts come from old Irish blessings. The image above expresses the blessing below.

“…For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”

A quiet mind…

canadian lake

…A quiet mind, like a still lake, will more accurately reflect reality.

Consider learning Zen meditation as a method for having a generally quieter mind, a more realistic outlook and a feeling of being in better control. It does wonders for creating more positive thinking.