I wrote the following a long time ago on September 22, 2012 when I was in the ‘write daily for a year’ challenge that I gave to myself.
As the time passes it appears our outlook can erode. Last night I was caught up in a reflection that gave me pause to look at myself and how I have changed internally. It was more like a slap in the face. It caused me to reexamine and this blog came to mind. Time to practice what I preach and this seems a great way to do it – repost! What is old is new again. Here is the blog minus a paragraph which referred to current events of the time.
GOOD MORNING WORLD 9-22-2012
THE COCK-EYED OPTIMIST from South Pacific
When the skies are brighter canary yellow
I forget ev’ry cloud I’ve ever seen,
So they called me a cockeyed optimist
Immature and incurably green.
I have heard people rant and rave and bellow
That we’re done and we might as well be dead,
But I’m only a cockeyed optimist
And I can’t get it into my head.
I hear the human race
Is fallin’ on its face
And hasn’t very far to go,
But ev’ry whippoorwill
Is sellin’ me a bill,
And tellin’ me it just ain’t so.
I could say life is just a bowl of Jello
And appear more intelligent and smart,
But I’m stuck like a dope
With a thing called hope,
And I can’t get it out of my heart!
Not this heart…
Growing up in my house we had a record player which was a huge piece of furniture. It held a turntable and a radio all in one using the same speakers. It was not new and we only had three LP records that I can remember.
What is an LP you ask? Records in those days were 12″+/- across and held 5-6 songs on each side. They were placed on a spinning disk and you physically placed a needle on them so the sound would come out. I am not trying to talk down to anyone. I am trying to be clear as there may be people who have not ever touched one of these records. The LP which stands for long-playing came in a sleeve that was heavy cardboard and decorated to tell you what was inside.
We had an LP with the music from the Broadway play ‘South Pacific’. One was the music from the play “Kiss Me Kate”. There were 4 as we had Tommy Dorsey Band and Glenn Miller Band records. I used to be able to sing all the sings from ‘South Pacific’ and ‘Kiss Me Kate’. My favorites were ‘Cockeyed Optimist’ and ‘Bloody Mary’ from ‘South Pacific’. I loved ‘I’ve Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua’ from ‘Kiss Me Kate’.
The words ‘stuck like a dope on a thing called hope…’ from ‘The Cock-eyed Optimist’ were specifically written for me I believe. When I sang them I would almost scream them as important.
I live in a state of hope and have most of my life. Full disclosure I have had moments of depression – most of my first year of college would qualify for this description. There were other various times in my life when I have been ‘blue’ or ‘down’. Few would know that I was feeling unhappy as I tried to not let it show. For the majority of all these years I will claim upbeat and residing in a state of hope.
I have been a cheerleader literally and metaphorically. I believe it is the best way to live. When I am faced with negativity it feels hurtful like I am being physically assaulted. I try to remove myself from these situations as quickly as I can. I look for the best in people. Everyone has some ‘best’ in them I have discovered.
I refuse to look at the outcome of anything as negative. It is my belief that looking with hope leaves one in better shape to work toward a positive result.
I believe it is a heavy burden to live a life without hope. I believe it is visible. Look at the homeless for a glimpse of lost hope. Look in the eyes of an addict. Look into the eyes of someone who is terminally ill. Many are hopeless. Their situations could change on a dime and yet they cannot see it as they are bogged down in the depths of a dark world. That is the reality that they may live. Yet once in a while there is a glimmer of hope.
The ill person has a good run of terrific test results and their eyes light up as hope comes into them. Offering an addict a place to recover so they can choose to change their habits can give them a glimmer of hope. Suggesting to the homeless that there is another way and then taking them to an agency to find it is offering hope. Perhaps the simple offer of a cup of coffee and some company can bring hope to someone. A phone call can bring hope. A letter or an email can contain hope. A smile to a stranger walking on the sidewalk or in the mall can give hope. We have no idea what is going on in their lives. Remember my post ‘A Smile and A Wave’. It is simple to spread hope. I believe our world needs it more today than ever.
Many people have referred to me as naïve. Well fine with me as I am…’a cockeyed optimist – immature and incurably green’ AND naively ‘stuck like a dope on a thing called hope…’
…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…