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This came to me from the writer Kristin Wong, via the New York Times, via a friend I walk with. The following quote was part of a much longer article titled “Despite Uncertain Times, Choose Optimism”.

Easier said than done, I thought…. But this stood out in the text:

“ … at its core, optimism doesn’t require you to sweep those anxious, negative feelings under the rug. It’s not about smiling when you don’t feel like it.
Optimism is simply being hopeful about the future, even when the present feels wholly negative. “

Like all good things, choosing to be optimistic in the face of overwhelming negative events and feelings takes practice and patience. Start little. Be gentle with yourself…. and know that all great change was once just an idea and a hope.