Be encouraged by these optimistic poems. May these encouraging verses make you feel hopeful and confident for the future and inspire you to look for the good in every situation.
Some people think being optimistic means everything is sunny and bright, it is not. It means you may face challenges and issues but you are able to look ahead with the hope that things will work out. It all boils down to your attitude and
whether or not you focus on the negative or you look for the good. It truly is a way of thinking.
There's a little splash of sunshine and a little spot of shade
Always somewhere near;
The wise bask in the sunshine, but the foolish choose the shade
The wise are gay and happy, on the foolish sorrow's laid,
And the fault's their own, I fear.
For the little splash of sunshine and the little spot of shade
Are here for joint consumption, for comparison are made.
We're all meant to be happy - not too foolish or too staid;
And the right dose to be taken is some sunshine mixed with shade!
This world is not so bad a world
As some would like to make it;
For whether good or whether bad,
Depends on how you take it.
The Ridiculous Optimist
Poet: Samuel Ellsworth Kiser
There was once a man who smiled
Because the day was bright,
Because he slept at night,
Because God gave him sight
To gaze upon his child;
Because his little one.
Could leap and laugh and run;
Because the distant sun
Smiled on the earth he smiled.
He smiled because the sky
Was high above his head.
Because the rose was red.
Because the past was dead!
He never wondered why
The Lord had blundered so
That all things have to go
The wrong way, here below
The overarching sky.
He toiled, and still was glad
Because the air was free.
Because he loved, and she
That claimed his love and he
Shared all the joys they had!
Because the grasses grew.
Because the sweet winds blew,
Because that he could hew
And hammer, he was glad.
Because he lived he smiled,
And did not look ahead
With bitterness or dread.
But nightly sought his bed
As calmly as a child.
And people called him mad
For being always glad
With such things as he had,
And shook their heads and smiled.
Sorrows will not last forever,
Brighter times will come again:
Joy our every grief succeeding,
As the sunshine after rain.
Poet: J. W. Hammond
Who would have the sky any color but blue,
Or the grass any color but green?
Or the flowers that bloom the summer through
Of other color or sheen?
How the sunshine gladdens the human heart
How the sound of the falling rain
Will cause the tender tears to start,
And free the soul from pain.
Oh, this old world is a great old place!
And I love each season’s change,
The river, the brook of purling grace,
The valley, the mountain range.
And when I am called to quit this life,
My feet will not spurn the sod,
Though I leave this world with its beauty rife,
There’s a glorious one with God!
Trip lightly over trouble,
Trip lightly over wrong;
We only make them double
By dwelling on them long.
Why clasp woe's hand so tightly?
Why sigh over blossoms dead?
Why cling to forms unsightly?
Why not seek joy instead?
Trip lightly over sorrow;
Though this day may be dark,
The sun will shine tomorrow,
And gaily sing the lark.
Fair hope has not departed,
Though rosed may have fled,
Then never be down-hearted,
But look for joy instead.
Tip lightly over sadness,
Stand not to rail at doom,
We've pearls to string of gladness,
On this side of the tomb.
While stars are nightly shining,
And heaven is overhead,
Encourage not repining,
But look for joy instead.