Today's Affirmation from Helen Keller

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. ~Helen Keller   Blind, deaf, & mute educator (1880 - 1968)   Thought for today:   For the sake of my children, my family, my friends, and the secrets I've yet to discover, I choose to be an optimist.   Have a great day!   Doug       Remember, you can also receive DailyStrength updates by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

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I love this! Thank you.
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Helen Keller must have never heard about the famous philosopher Arthur Shopenhauer...He did sail an uncharted land and open a doorway for the human spirit, and what way.
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In addition to Schopenhauer (pardon the spelling correction, pokkino 1 - you chose one of the philosophers I was going to mention), other \"pessimists\" might include: Beethoven (to a point); Nietzsche, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, God (read Genesis 6...), Mother Teresa (read the book of her life and some of her doubts about God) and, actually, myself. While I am a pessimist, I am also a musician, and many people have said that my playing \"touched their heart\", which is one of my goals when playing - even as a pessimist.
I once had a $100.00 per hour Ph.D. suggest that my \"delusional system\" wasn\'t as healthy as other peoples\', which would explain my pessimism: I see things more as they, perhaps, really are. But then again, I don\'t have to be optimistic for my wife (I don\'t have one) or my children (I don\'t have one/any). What that means to me is that I don\'t have to pretend as much.
Life contains many joys - many of which I\'ve experienced, and also sorrows. At best, I see the universe as \"amoral\": it doesn\'t really care one way or the other whether I\'m \"happy\" or not. I have much more joy in my life than happiness, and if I had to choose one over the other, I would choose joy. I have been happy many, many times - don\'t get me wrong. And I\'ve even been optimistic, at times. There is, however, more than a bit of truth to the saying: \"Expectations are premeditated resentments\". I know....not very optimistic, but perhaps more realistic.
A friend once told me about Horowitz sitting for a week in depression after missing a note in a concert. He then said: \"Then, imagine that there is a widget-maker who catches the bus every day, goes to work, makes his widgets, comes home, has his dinner, watches the news, goes to bed, then does the same thing the next day..........but he is HAPPY. Who would you rather be?\" I said: \"I would rather be Horowitz! Anybody can make widgets\".
And actually, i doubt that Helen Keller was happy all the time either. She wouldn\'t be human if she were.
I think I understand the heart of the meaning and the spirit of........hope that might be the basis of the quote.
However, I simply don\'t believe that it is correct. In fact, I know it isn\'t, based on my own experience.
Here\'s a quote from Woody Allen that you probably won\'t like: \"Once I gave up hope, I felt much better.\" A pessimist.........but what great movies he makes.
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So. You - or someone - deleted my last post response. Is honesty not allowed here? Or was I too pessimistic? Well, just to clarify things: no one (Mr. Hawking included) has discovered the secret of the stars, whether they were optimistic or pessimistic.
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Sorry, Doug. There was no deletion. What there was was a mistake on my part as to the previous screen I had gone back to. Mea culpa.