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the joy of having a rose-colored glasses attitude

Why It’s Important to Wear Rose-Colored Glasses

Every day I have a daily burst. Most of you would say “a lifting of spirits”. Writing the words, “a daily burst” rather than, “lifting my spirit” sounds so much more energetic, that it gives me another daily burst! Every day, if you can, it is important to find a reason to wear your rose-colored glasses and have a positive attitude.

Here’s why…

A Rose-Colored Glasses Attitude

Little things happen that make me burst out in a smile. Even on the days I feel like a work-in-progress, little things happen that turn my havoc into joy. Thank goodness for my rose-colored glasses attitude.

Yesterday’s burst came from an unexpected soft breeze from an open window, my Ultimate Concierge’s footsteps coming down the hall, Amazon finding a lost package of America’s dog shampoo, and the added gift of a waiting taxi.

Last night I had two bursts; My mother came for Shabbat dinner and later in the evening your comments to me on Facebook.

I asked you, “If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?” and over 150 of you replied with a daily burst of positivity wearing your rose-colored glasses! You answered with the hope that the future will be bright. Needless to say, I was overjoyed for you.

Obviously, I thought of where I would like to travel and my first thought was Rwanda to see the Silver Back Gorillas.


Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses

Traveling in Elsewhere

And then, I turned my head and gazed out the window from the 71st floor of our apartment in the sky and looked out over the city of what was once was my beautiful Chicago and thought, “My Ultimate Concierge and I and all of you have been traveling for over three months without planning or packing or leaving our homes!”

Unfortunate circumstances brought on by COVID-19 and the murder of Mr. Floyd have turned our country into a foreign land; Elsewhere. I honestly feel I am on a trip to a foreign land in my own country!

I ask myself what am I learning as I travel in time in Elsewhere, because isn’t that the purpose of travel? To learn a city or country’s history, to view its statues and monuments, to meet its citizens and taste the foods, to experience the culture, to bring a memory home, to learn its social and political background, and walk the streets. All good stuff. And, we come home enriched and wiser and look forward with rose-colored glasses and with curiosity to plan the next journey.

As I thought about Elsewhere, I had to search for my joyful burst and rose-colored glasses. I found them and put them on because my worst days are sunny with a chance of clouds.

You Can Still Be Realistic with Rose-Colored Glasses

I can be so down, discouraged, or angry…. and suddenly, I will get a positive burst! This is because of something I hear or see that sparks a positive burst; like America’s tail wagging, right now!

I am a very realistic woman yet fortunate to see almost everything about life with rose-colored glasses.

As a very realistic woman, and I see Elsewhere as an ugly piece of abstract art without a frame. The art expresses man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, an attempt of bullies to divide and physically destroy a once peaceful, beautiful, and united society.  I see this art piece frameless because there is no law and order. This trip to Elsewhere is scary and maddening for all of us. But fortunately, I see a time ahead when our county will return to its timeless values and permanent laws that will restore law and order.

How I Get My Bursts of Positivity

Putting on my rose-colored glasses I get a burst because I know there are far more decent and wise people than bullies living in Elsewhere. I get a burst because my family is safe. I get a burst because I want to believe one day soon we will greet each other with smiles instead of with masks.

Darling, I get a burst thinking about hugging my children and grandchildren and my friends. I get a burst that a vaccine or medicines will protect us from the virus, I get a burst that we will have a country of law and order and that I will be allowed to vote with wisdom, not emotion.

Someday Soon We Will All Travel & Explore

And, on a lighter note, I am looking forward to going to Rwanda and thinking of you going off to the places you mentioned on Facebook; Ireland, Hawaii, Paris, Italy, New Zealand, a cabin in the forest, Mount Rushmore, visiting children and grands, the Caribbean Islands, the Keys, Mexico and more.

I got my nightly burst last night replying to your comments of positivity. I am so happy you are looking forward to a future that is sunny with a few clouds. You are wearing your rose-colored glasses and I am smiling.

Darling, how do you have a rose-colored glasses attitude? I want to hear about your time in Elsewhere and more. Let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page! 

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June 14, 2020

Passages After 50, Relationships

The Importance of Having a Rose-Colored Glasses Attitude

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  1. Bruna says:

    My beautiful mother, who I miss with all my heart…
    always said, “Put on your rose covered glasses”,
    whenever life got tough! I think of her daily, but
    more so in this fearful time!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Caring our mom’s messages in our heeds keeps them alive. My father is with me daily as I catch myself not taking the high road …and I stop…and take the high road. You put on your rose colored glasses when you are afraid or fearful or upset and your mom’s words change your attitude from fear to seeing the bright side of your life. Right? Warmly, Honey

  2. Teri Lavoie says:

    Honey, I have to tell you this quote you wrote exactly describes how is feel and see our beloved country. Thank you for your encouraging thoughts and continued love and respect for what our country truly is.

    “As a very realistic woman, I have to tell you I see Elsewhere as an ugly piece of abstract art without a frame. The art expresses man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, an attempt of bullies to divide and physically destroy a once peaceful, beautiful, and united society. I see this art piece frameless because there is no law and order. This trip to Elsewhere is scary and maddening for all of us. But fortunately, I see a time ahead when our county will return to its timeless values and permanent laws that will restore law and order.”

  3. Doris Cripps says:

    I have enjoyed looking through your rose colored glasses this morning!!! I agree in these uncertain times I have made the comment over and over I feel like I am in a foreign country….never in my wildest nightmare could I have imagined all that has taken place this year. A moment of sheer happiness washes over me every now and then, although not as often as I would like. I really try to hold on to it for as long as I can. I just pray and wait for our beautiful country to heal physically, and mentally. I am weary of seeing our monuments and statues and history being destroyed by people that probably don’t even know the history of what they are demolishing…such craziness!! Law & order needs to be restored immediately, this just isn’t our America.

  4. Judy L. says:

    I look forward to your uplifting insights!! On days when I am not so optimistic, thinking of you channeling that optimism and sharing it with others is a real gift, and it helps me to be able to do the same thing. I hope then that my optimism can inspire the people in my own sphere of interaction. A wonderful domino effect!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Oh, Thank you. The most important person it inspires is you giving you the ability to inspire others. It feels so good. Right? I am smiling. Warmly, Honey

  5. Nancy VP says:

    Thank you for sharing your love and light. This post was exactly what I needed, today. My time in Elsewhere has impacted my mental and physical health, but reading this, I know that I am not alone in my feelings and I resolve to continue to rely on my faith and the sweet, small things that bring on a wave of joy. Tomorrow my husband and I leave our home to travel to our daughter and son-in-law’s town for the birth of our first grandchild, a boy. I will have my rose-colored glasses ready to go!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Well you certainly have a wonderful reason to wear your rose colored glasses. Congrats!!!! Wishing you much joy with your new grandchild. Warmly, Honey

  6. Joanne Richards says:

    Thank you Honey, I have been criticized so often for wearing my rose colored glasses!! To see you saying that we all should have them frees me!! Our rc glasses can be uplifting for all that we encounter…thank you again

  7. SoCal Allison says:

    I was facing a stressful mammogram test visit recently as I awaited in the building lobby. I saw a young woman confidently striding up the walk to the entrance door in a snazzy chic shorts outfit & great short boots. I enjoyed her confidence & it buoyed me up.

    As she entered to head to the elevator, I smiled, wearing my mask, & spoke to her: “You have great style! And look marvelous! Very chic!” She looked surprised & her gaze softened [& smiled behind her mask] & said softly: “Thank you!”

    That small, simple interchange made my day & possibly hers. And it was a unifying woman’s moment for us both: her being young & me old with my cane and her being black & me white…we were solid in our shared truth of ourselves. I hope I made her day because she sure made mine!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      I am sure you made one another’s day. I don’t think Black people and White people are prejudiced. Of course there are always going to be a few but not many. Thank goodness. People are people and if they are nice that is all that matters. 🙂 Warmly, Honey

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