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Why I remain optimistic

“Birds in my backyard aren’t on their cell phones. Aren’t stewing over politics. They’re singing their hearts out in celebration of a new day.”—Tweet I recently sent


I have been accused of being naïve, a Pollyanna, a ridiculous fool.

“Haven’t you seen the headlines?” my naysayers roll their eyes.  “Are you ignoring what’s going on in the world?”

“No,” I answer back. “But I do suspect that newscasters and alarmist social media posts are ignoring one very important fact.”

There’s a bigger dance going on.

There’s overwhelming evidence of an intelligent universe that actually knows what it’s doing. That’s orchestrating this whole thing.

The point is I don’t have enough information.

All I know is that the old story isn’t working anymore. And that, unless we become aware of all the unfathomable possibilities, we are going to continue to be hit with a big stick.

Magic is afoot, my friends. There is an intelligent force that’s got our back.
And that’s why I will forever be a cock-eyed optimist.

Just the other day, I heard about a girl who was deeply depressed, ready to end it all. She was sitting on a beach, looking out over the ocean. She screamed out to the universe, “If there’s meaning to any of this, you better show me right now.”

She leaned back to take one last look at the ocean and set her hand on a gold medallion, buried in the sand. Surprised, she picked it up, turned it over. It said, “You are loved.”

Or consider this story shared on my blog this weekend:

“My dog, Moe, a beautiful soulful Basset Hound made his transition about a month ago. My partner and I were so sad that I picked up your book and remembered to ask Moe to send us a sign. I felt so badly for my partner who just was overwhelmed with grief.

“Well, two days later he wakes me up to tell me something rather amazing. We were given a brand new Lexus (another miracle…there are so many )…anyway, two years ago Moe accidentally ripped the leather console with his claw. It was about the size of a dime. My partner was so angry and just wouldn’t let it go. He kept moaning and groaning and was just a tad over-the-top about the tear in the leather.

“Two days after asking for a sign from Moe, he goes out to the car and notices that the tear is GONE. I am not kidding. GONE. 100 percent…NOT EVEN A SCRATCH. I am a big manifestor…have lists of really cool things but this really bowled me over. It was a miracle. A miracle from Moe.”

So, my friends, go ahead and despair if you must, but consider this. Magical, mysterious resources are already on the job. And maybe instead of reporting the same old story, appointing the same old commissions, we should instead…change our worldview.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in

25 Responses

  1. Thank you for the post… I received this email one hour after an interview. I thought to myself when this email came in, “What message is in here for me?” The message I received: I am loved and there is magic in the air! Message received and accepted! Thank you!

  2. Hi Pam!

    I love the line “There’s a bigger dance going on.” I’m going to use that whenever I’m talking to people who are focusing on the wrong things.

    #lovethebiggerdance 😉


  3. Thank you, as always, Pam. You are a gift.

    From: Pam Grout <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Pam Grout <comment+ljivns4sjx6kftb3zaof0sm@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Monday, July 11, 2016 at 9:44 AM To: The Company Image <dave@standout-marketing.com> Subject: [New post] Why I remain optimistic

    psgrout posted: ““Birds in my backyard aren’t on their cell phones. Aren’t stewing over politics. They’re singing their hearts out in celebration of new day.”—Tweet I recent sent I have been accused of being naïve, a Pollyanna, a ridiculous fool. “Haven’t you seen the”

  4. Thank you for the post. It comes to me on a challenging day when I really needed to hear it. You are a blessing to me and I’m sure countless others. Know that you are greatly appreciated!

  5. Beautiful reminders, thank you. To me there is no other way than being optimistic, because being optimistic and hopeful is going to achieve more than being negative and depressed.

  6. I’m a firm believer that in order to bake a cake you need to break a few eggs. What we’ve been witnessing is the breaking down of that which is no longer working, giving us all the opportunity to make new choices, filtering them through our hearts (instead of letting fear be our guide). I’ve been doing just this on an individual level over the past five years. I see a similar thing happening on a societal level now. Yes, a bigger dance is definitely happening. (Just wrote about it).

  7. Such a lift! Just finished commuting on the plane to Chicago reading the newspaper and didn’t realize how far I sunk! Read your blog and I’m back in the sky! Thanks!!!

  8. Thanks a centillion Pam. You rock.
    I was feeling down since last 2 days and after reading your blog I’m feeling good and got a sudden surge of energy. You are miracle.
    Thank you. Thanks you. Thank you.
    God bless you!

  9. BIGGER DANCE! YES! Been going thru sleepless nites again…trying to figure out why, again..Your post helped me remember the younger me when all the folks I knew called me a “polyanna”. That was 40 some years ago, and I needed to ask myself: “Where did she go?” Thanks for the reminder that I am still that person, and can get back to that balance again and stop listening to the naysayers, even when they are me.

  10. You say a “mouthful” Pam about our own power to choose how we look at life and our world…thank you for another reminder that what we see is not all there is.

  11. Thanks Pam this is another amazing story
    4 months ago l bought a car out of fear losing mine “fear is what l was afraid, than l said there must be a solution when l found out l can keep my car. I ask the universe many times, “please let this be good
    The dealership said all good and erased my contract wohoo! I l earned to listen and don’t let fear controls anymore. Many more good things happening “l am blessed thank you Pam Grout for this awesome Book
    Blessing to you million times
    Love and light

  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your beautiful outlook. Your posts are a refreshing breath of optimism and hope that I look to read every morning.

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