State of Mind

Beach walk 2

Cloudy but ever hopeful.

For this week’s photo challenge, the goal is to let your inner world and the outside one converge in a photo.

Lately, I’m contemplating a few customary ideas.  Where does optimism come from?  Why does it persist?  Is it always a good thing?  Or, can it do more harm than good?  Is it loving?  Is it selfish?  Is it both?

Plenty of questions, but sorry, no answers yet.


21 thoughts on “State of Mind

  1. Judy Vick

    “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune, without the words and never stops at all”. My favorite Emily Dickenson quote . Yep, I’m a cock-eyed optimist !

  2. susurrus

    That’s a beautiful picture. I’m drawn to the idea of realistic optimism. I like to think that’s my default, though I can also worry with the best of them!

  3. Gloria Ballard

    I prefer to think that optimism is a good thing, but some days it’s hard. Lovely photo, and a good reminder to see the sun shining through (especially on those hard days!)

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Gloria–I love this photo from last summer at the beach. And it’s perfect for now, when every day seems to bring a new challenge. Fingers crossed that 2016 doesn’t turn out to be an “annus horribilis.” I’m cautiously optimistic:-)

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  5. Christina

    I’ve never considered optimism as possibly negative before but I do understand what you mean. The image us lovely. Just a quick thought came to me, you don’t get a really amazing sunset unless there are a few clouds.

  6. gardeninacity

    All in all, I think optimists do better in life, and they also tend to be happier. Optimists and pessimists are created in part through experience but also I think it is an innate quality for some people. Optimism becomes a negative when it blinds us to immediate problems that need to be addressed.

  7. Amy & BL

    Hi Marian, What a wonderful series of questions! Perhaps pessimism acts to drag one backward, pragmatism calls for one to cling to the present and only optimism provides courage for one to envision a future and stride forth to create it . . . Where would mankind be without our optimists? ( Not that everything done in the name of optimism is or has been a “good” thing.) Best Bruce

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. digwithdorris

    A lovely photograph Marian. I too condsider myself a glass half full kinda gal but sometimes things happen that make it very hard to maintain that approach. All ways look on the bright side of life. 🙂

  9. casa mariposa

    I’m a realistic optimist and tend to be a happy person. I don’t know where it comes from, either. 🙂 I’m optimistic enough to know everything will be probably be ok but realistic enough to know there might be a whole lotta crap between now and ok.

  10. Deen

    Beautiful photograph. My father was a photographer~fairly well known~ and I am drawn to good photographs. What is special about this one is the quality of the light. Lovely.


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