Driving to work yesterday, I was happy. It wasn’t cloudy or humid, the sun was shining and, well, I was alive! I think it is pretty simple to find things to be happy about.
It must have rained not long before I left for work because the sidewalks were the kind of damp clean that holds the promise of a new day. Nice little rain, not too much to hamper traffic on my drive and it didn’t seem to cause a rise in the humidity. There was just a bit of movement to the air and I thought, “Yup, this is a good start to the day!”
I walked in the office where I work and greeting my co-workers I commented on how the world was all shiny and new with the recent rain. Someone added to the end of my assessment of the morning, “and you have your rose colored glasses on!” I heartily agreed!
I see things for the good, not the bad. I trust people until they give me a reason not to. Was I born to privilege and have not had a day of want in my life? Nope. Have I been hurt? Yes, of course! But, I have been hurt no more than those who don’t trust and are missing the beauty in the little things that make up our world.
I have been called naïve, foolish and overly optimistic. It is alright with me! I like me and I like my world!
When I was a young woman, 20 or so, the man I was dating summed it up for me. In a moment of frustration he told me that I was worse than a hopeless romantic. He proclaimed me a “hope-full” romantic. I remember being rather insulted then, but the title kept playing in my brain. I began to embrace the idea that I didn’t need rose colored glasses; my own eyes were rosy enough!
You may have read I am a lover of words, so I was curious enough to see if there was such a thing as a hopeful romantic, besides me, that is! It seems there are enough of us around that the term has been defined. A hopeful romantic is not necessarily someone who is a schmaltzy gushingly sop who cannot see the bad things in the world. A hopeful romantic is someone who sees the possibility of good and of good things happening.
So join me, won’t you? Know that there are bad things, but look for the good, because the good is there, you just have to adjust your lenses!
The Hopeful Romantic