Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Tilting at windmills, so unrealistic some would say. Maybe, maybe not. Is it important to always be practical, to see the world for what it is and not for what you'd like it to be?

As an adult, my maturity level may be measured by onlookers by being realistic. Practicality and realism are two positive traits of a mature mind. But it's also important to have hope. Don Quixote represented an optimism and hopefulness that is all too often absent in the world of grown-ups. There seems to be so little time for laughter and imagination once over the threshold of adulthood.

I've tempered much of the idealism of my youth--but not all of it. And although my idealistic thoughts and beliefs sometimes bring frustration when confronted with reality, I hope to never lose them all. I still want to believe that positive change can happen because people care, because they take action based on their ideals and beliefs.

I want to absent myself from the vitriolic rants in the media. I want to believe the positive people in this nation are simply quieter than the negative thinkers. Call me quixotic if you like. I'll take that as a compliment.


  1. Keep believing. The positives are indeed quieter than the negatives.

  2. @Anthony: I attended the president's Facebook town hall meeting today. Not everyone there via Facebook was negative or ignorant, but gotta say the n/i group was well-represented.

  3. Great post! I also try my best to maintain my positive side.

    But it can be hard when all the media I'm exposed to focuses so much on the negative. But then, today I read about a five year old girl who gave her birthday cake to fire fighters when she and her friends and family had to evacuate from a fire last weekend.

    I realised that all of us, even young, have some good inside. And that's as positive as I need. ^_^

  4. I love your choice for Q. Thanks for the hopeful reminder in the midst of overwhelming negativity that is out there.

  5. @Misha: What a heart-warming example of selflessness on that little girl's part. Stories like that keep hope alive.

    @Pam: Glad you liked it. It can be so easy to get caught up in the maelstrom of talking heads and yellow journalism. Blogging can be a world apart from that.