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A Bit Simpler

“I really must become a bit simpler. Let myself live a bit more. Not always insist on the results straight away. I know what the remedy is, though: just to crouch huddled up on the ground in a corner and listen to what is going on inside me. Thinking gets you nowhere. It may be a fine and noble aid in academic studies, but you can’t think your way out of emotional difficulties. That takes something altogether different. You have to make yourself passive then, and just listen. Reestablish contact with a slice of eternity.”― Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life: The Diaries, 1941-1943; and Letters from Westerbork

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

Optimism does not deny reality nor ignore circumstances.
Not naïve or simplistic.
Resilience, strength, a daily practice, a decision.
Acknowledging what is present, choosing to put energy into persistence, hope and gratitude.
Create or criticize.
Choose well.

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.” – Winston Churchill

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