Gems 9.65

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Image by Susanne Stöckli from Pixabay.

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”

-Charlie Chaplin

That’s the end of our optimism quotes for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. I haven’t decided on the theme for next week. If you have any suggestions, let me know.

Here are the ~rules.

  1. Your theme must be uplifting.
  2. It must be the opposite of a bad feeling. For example, think of this week. Is there any time when you said,I feel so …” (insert strong emotion) more often than other emotion? (See example below.)
  3. Find the opposite of that feeling. You can guess or do a proper look-up. For me, one of the most common negative emotions in recent years was grief. As the years passed, I started to notice other shadow shades like regret, anger (usually at myself), longing, and so on. So first I found the opposite(s). I also found the ratio between negative and positive emotions swinging toward the positive again as I practiced this “opposite” approach.
  4. There may be more than one opposite, so pick the one that resonates most with your heart.
  5. Search for “quotes about (your favorite antonym)” and read them until you feel better. Save any that resonate.
  6. Bonus: You’ve noticed people you care about saying “I feel so…(x)” and it was exactly the way you felt too. An example word might be “helpless.” I sometimes feel helpless when seeing news in places where even our best efforts can’t reach, and where the darkness is so crushing that my heart breaks for the people living there every time I look. And if even looking takes courage, then living there must be a nightmare. Right now I’m thinking of Iran because of the song برای (“For the Sake of).” So why is this a bonus? Because maybe your opposite word and any quotes you may find about it will surely inspire your friends and help them feel better.

If quotes inspire you, and you’d like to give this a go, please post your theme idea below. Also, (sort of along this topic) I’d love your opinions (writers) about how/why you became a writer. < That link is also an invitation to anyone interested in writing a memoir.

*Update: If you don’t consider yourself a writer per se, feel free to share what inspired you to become (any creative endeavor) — dancer, gardener, photographer, artist, cook, parent, teacher, sailor, candlestick maker…

I hope we have a lovely, relaxing (or productive — whichever you prefer) weekend. Both! ^^


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