The desire and will to work is optimism itself

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Ready to work: doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination

…my optimism is grounded in two worlds, myself and what is about me. I demand that the world be good, and lo, it obeys. I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true. To what good I open the doors of my being, and jealously shut them against what is bad. Such is the force of this beautiful and willful conviction, it carries itself in the face of all opposition. I am never discouraged by absence of good. I never can be argued into hopelessness. Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.

As my college days draw to a close, I find myself looking forward with beating heart and bright anticipations to what the future holds of activity for me. My share in the work of the world may be limited; but the fact that it is work makes it precious. Nay, the desire and will to work is optimism itself.

by Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968)
from her essay Optimism
Part I: Optimism Within
image – jessicaflavin

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One Response to “The desire and will to work is optimism itself”

  1. Juanita Says:

    “…but the fact that it is work makes it precious.”

    Taken a little out of context – I like it because it reminds me why I like teaching even when it is tough.

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