Napowrimo Day 5 using Christina Thatcher’s prompt, based on the poem by Ellen Bass “Relax”: Include the phrase “Bad things will happen.” My thanks to Randy at
for suggesting Christina as an alternative source of prompts for the challenge.
Is your glass half full or half empty?
To paraphrase, Einstein said your life experience is based
on whether or not you view the Universe as kind.
Growing up, no-one paid much attention to Einstein
in my household, nor the Sufi poets who decreed
“This too will pass.”
My family worked all hours and missed these valuable insights.
Instead, they settled on a twisted, self-limiting prophecy
of their own making:
Expect the worst then anything good that happens is a bonus.
They aspired to nothing more than survival of dark times,
an unquestioning acceptance that bad things will happen.
Ironically, their neglect regularly left me alone with books.
The ability to read allowed me the freedom to choose another path.
Positivity is my conscious choice.
If this is the progress made by one generation,
imagine the possibilities which open up to the next.
To expect miracles? I hope they do.