Friday, March 18, 2011

"What If" Up & Down

Aloha - WEEKEND!

"The torment of precautions
often exceeds
the dangers to be avoided.
  It is sometimes better to abandon one's self
to destiny."

Napoleon Bonaparte

"Prudence keeps life safe,
but does not often make it happy."

Samuel Johnson

"The healthy being craves an occasional wildness,
a jolt from normality, 
a sharpening of the edge of appetite, 
his own little festival of the Saturnalia,
a brief excursion 
from his way of life. "

Robert MacIver

"The knowledge of the world
is only to be acquired in the world,
and not in a closet."

Lord Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield


What if?
Have you noticed
most of our 'what if's
are negative?

What if. . . ?
We all fill in that fearsome space.

That is 
"What If Down."

But what if GREAT things 
are just waiting to happen?
How would it change your internal weather
if your clouds were white and orange and puffy,
 speckled with
a smiling moon,
and singing with lovely

"What If Up."

We REALLY need this 
so TAKE it!

(Weather maps
show winds out of Japan
passing well north of our islands.
Nice for me, eh?)

Thanks for spending some time here with us!
This weekend,
practice your
"What If Ups."

What if something wonderful 
accepted your mental invitation!
Just muse on that for a while.

         Warmly, cloudia


Bonnie said...

Wonderful advice Cloudia! I'll be 'what if upping' all weekend!

Your thoughts are actually key to good brainstorming sessions where evaluation and nay-saying and negative yea-butting or what-iffing really need to be anathema for ideas to feel 'safe enough' to spring forth.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for that, Bonnie!

John McElveen said...


Love it and you!

The Palm tree in the first pic almost mimics the Hotel exterior, and I can't believe those 3 amigos, BUILT that Mountain from a rooftop! Talk about "UP"

Great Inspiration--it is in the 80's and Beautiful here for the Start of Spring!

Aloha : Mahalo,



I echo echo echo Your sentiment! Our posts are almost always "connected"!! Hmmmmmmmm...Imagine That!

Anonymous said...

Cloudia, did you see the news about Borders Waikele closing at the end of May?

Auwe! My books sold well at that store, better than at Borders Ward.

Ah well, we win some and we lose some.

Beach Bum said...

"Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy."
Samuel Johnson

Absolutely! I get tired with the safe and humdrum.

KarenG said...

I was really in the mood for photos of Hawaii today! Thanks for posting :)

Jenn Jilks said...

I used to talk to my students about the 'what if' train. If it came right through the door... well, let's deal with here and now and what is.
You go, girl.
Hugs from Perth.

rosaria said...

Greetings, and great advice.

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a wonderful, wonderful weekend.

daily athens

Hilary said...

Very inspiring, Cloudia

christopher said...

Love your quotes and intuitive thinking.

Windsmoke. said...

Being negative all the time makes you sad and other people around you, think positive and you never know what might happen :-).

Mama Zen said...

I really love this collection of quotes!

Pietro said...

Thanks, Cloudia.
Happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

Great advice! Although I find that What ifs... are usually more positive than negative, thank goodness.

Kay said...

What if you had a wonderful shave ice in the warmth of the afternoon and had clear skies in which to enjoy the Super Moon that's scheduled for tomorrow?

magiceye said...

warm greetings /\ namaste from mumbai

Trotter said...

Aloha Cloudia! The first part of Napoleon's quote is great!!

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Sally said...

Enjoyed your thoughts. Will focus on the power of positive thinking...

Myrna R. said...

I love this positive outlook. I need a big dose of "what if ups". I'll start immediately.

Lori Skoog said...

Cloudia...fresh thoughts and words everyday. That would be you. Always the thinker.

With much appreciation....


Fabulous advice Cloudia. Happy Weekend to you

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm reading a book by Dean Koontz where a mental invitation is followed by aomething you wouldn't really want. but I think most of the time the results might be grand. :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am busy practising my 'what if' ups.

David Cranmer said...

What if I said Buenas Dias!

Cloudia said...


Joop Zand said...

As alway vry nice work Cloudia

Greetings from Holland

and a nice weekend, Joop

thekingpin68 said...

Just a touch of a rainbow in the first photo.

I hope and pray for better things in Libya and Japan.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for coming, gentlemen!

Gaston Studio said...

Super advice.

Congrats on POTW!

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice idea to spread all over.

CherylK said...

I love this post, Cloudia!! The photographs are gorgeous and the quotes are perfect. As usual! I hope you are having a wonderful week.

Joanna Jenkins said...

This is a real gem. Thank you!
And congrats on your POTW from Hilary.
Cheers, jj