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Pollyanna: noun 1. an excessively or blindly optimistic person. adjective 2. (often lowercase). Also, Pol·ly·an·na·ish: unreasonably or illogically optimistic: some Pollyanna notions about world peace. (From

If you follow me or my company Mammaste~Divinity in the Everyday (shameless plug) on Facebook you know I am a bit of a Pollyanna. The definition of Pollyanna includes ‘illogically and blindly optimistic’ and that suits me just fine. I am known for seeing hearts in nature and collecting photos of them. I also see beauty everywhere. Everywhere. To the point where I might make you want to throw-up a little bit.

DSCF8210I have not always been this way. There was once a prolonged period of my life where I felt defeated and depleted. I could not see any beauty, only a future filled with sadness. Feeling hopeless, I turned away from the light, pulled the shades down upon the possibility of any future dawn and curled up in a black corner of my own inner darkness. I know it is cliché to say it is always darkest before the dawn, but for me it truly was.

WP_000236Through what I can only describe as divine intervention, I had a profound experience of rebirth. Not of the deeply religious variety, but of the deeply spiritual. After this experience of, well, what to call it . . . a divine visitation . . .  a lucid dream . . . an out-of-body experience . . . I literally and figuratively woke up to a new way of seeing.

DSCF0885Indeed, none of my personal circumstances had changed in the 24 hours between moving out of the darkness and into the light. Nothing had changed that is, except me. I suddenly had an inner knowing that no matter what happens to me or around me, I am the ‘soul’ source of my experience of reality. I am both the architect and the artist of my perception of this life, dependent on my point of view. A point of view which relies heavily upon living fully in the present moment. I hold an unfailing ability to see love, joy, beauty and grace in the world. You do too. Once you have seen this truth, you cannot un-see it.

DSCF7375This doesn’t mean I am happy all the time or bad things do not, or will not happen to me. It does not mean that I do not feel compassion for the suffering of others. It is actually the opposite. I feel everything even more keenly.

DSCF7181This ‘Way’ of being in the world, of seeing the world as inherently good, of life as ultimately hopeful, and beautiful and sacred, is an exercise in flexing my ‘intention’ muscle every day. This loving outlook is an awareness I cultivate consciously. It is my spiritual practice of divine perspective. It is an intention of being a non-judgmental observer of myself and others. It involves, much of the time, my being unreasonably optimistic.

"mom with starry eyes"

Mom with starry eyes.

Pollyanna. Look it up in the dictionary. You might see my picture there, smiling back at you.


Divinity in the Everyday.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. sheryl #

    Yes!!! You and your words are an inspiration… thank you. Big fat “hell yeah!” to flexing and stretching those muscles of “intention” every day.

    May 25, 2013
    • Pollyanna intention yoga! I think we should start a movement Sheryl!

      May 29, 2013
  2. Mary Welch #

    Lori Anne, you are an eloquent writer with profound wisdom! Thank You for sharing the depth of who you are with an honoring that is inspiring! Thank You!

    May 25, 2013
    • Thank you Mary! You always have the nicest things to say here. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I’m not surprised this resonated with you!

      May 29, 2013
  3. #

    Hi Lori,

    Great article….  my English professor in college wrote on my first paper:  “Strictly Alice in Wonderland” – as “they” say in Minnesota, “you betcha”

    happy day to you…


    May 29, 2013

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