You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
-Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
"At some point in my life I decided, rightly or wrongly, that there are many situations in this life that I can't do much about — acts of terrorism, feelings of nationalistic prejudice, cold war, etc. — so what I should do is concentrate on the situations that my energy can affect. When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here. It's a wonderful life and I love it." ~ Jim Henson, 1986
"Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
--These aren't stories, sorry I don't have any positive happy stories at the moment (when I do I'll post if I remember)but if this goes against the community rules I'll gladly delete it :)