Sunday Dinner: Looking Up!

Hibiscus moscheutos


“In these times

you have to be an optimist

to open your eyes when you awake in the morning”


  Carl Sandburg


Salvia coccinea


“There is no such thing as a problem

without a gift for you in its hands.

You seek problems

because you need their gifts.”


Richard Bach



“Every problem has a gift for you in its hands” (Richard Bach).

And if not every problem, then just about every one.

Even spectacular sunsets are not possible without cloudy skies.

Troubles bring a gift for those who choose to look.

And since I can’t avoid my problems,

why waste them? I should look for the gift.

My life will be far, far richer for finding it.”


Steve Goodier


Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’


“Being an idealist is not being a simpleton;

without idealists there would be no optimism

and without optimism

there would be no courage to achieve advances

that so-called realists would have you believe

could never come to fruition.”


  Alisa Dana Steinberg



“Few things in the world are more powerful

than a positive push – a smile.

A word of optimism and hope,

a ‘you can do it!’

when things are tough”


Richard M DeVos




“Pessimism never won any battle.”


  Dwight D. Eisenhower




“A tiny change today

brings a dramatically different tomorrow.”


  Richard Bach


Senna marilandica


“An easy life doesn’t teach us anything.

In the end it’s the learning that matters:

what we’ve learned

and how we’ve grown”


  Richard Bach


crape myrtle


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2020


“Nobody knows how things will turn out,

that’s why they go ahead and play the game…

You give it your all

and sometimes amazing things happen,

but it’s hardly ever what you expect.”

  Gennifer Choldenko



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