Rehabilitating the Cynic

Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.

– George Carlin

Born of losses,
the way I steel myself –
hard core belying
vulnerability.

What if I acknowledged,
gave name to the pain –
forgave the circumstances
forgave myself?

Would I then melt
into softness, words
losing harshness
joy taking hold?

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This week’s challenge was centred around the quotation:

“Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance.”
(Maria Popova)

The responses are thought-provoking, inspiring, and entertaining. Please have a read:

Caged or free…, Heart to Heart
Dear Mr. Mouse, I Write Her
Moral Purpose, Eugi’s Causerie II
Power of Thoughts, Stuff and what if…
Looking forward to the other side, one letter UP
Hope, Sgeoil
Tomorrow, paeansunplugged

Thank to all. See you tomorrow for a new challenge!

VJ’s Weekly Challenge #105: Quotation

Deborah, from AWISEWOMANSJOURNEY, offers daily inspiration, and one particular quotation struck me last week. I’m sharing it with you here as a focal point for the upcoming week:

Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance.

Maria Popova

Your response may use one, or none of the words. Reflecting on the message, create a post and then link back here. Be as creative as you like.

Looking forward to your participation.