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Rose-Colored Glasses

Updated on January 15, 2009

Rose-Colored Glasses



a cheerful or optimistic view of things, usually without valid basis: He saw life through rose-colored glasses.

...And what's wrong with that?

 If you got it...good. If you don' harm, no foul. Right?

Why not? Have you ever wondered if you were missing something, that everyone else around you seems to get? Maybe they see something that you don't? You are not alone. If ignorance is bliss, haven't you once in awhile just wanted to slap the smile off of their face? Don't we all, just once in a while find a wee bit of joy in just "bringing someone back down to reality?" Isn't it cruel of us to take it upon ourselves to do such a thing?  Who appointed anyone of us to be the anointed one who sits in judgement and decides its time to crash-land someone else's feelings?

We've all had our rose-colored moments...a few of us more times than others, but what the hell...Why take it away from someone else just because you may have removed your glasses? Or maybe you feel the need from retrobution, because some jerk stole your rose-colored glasses. Not everyone is a cynic (though many times I can't imagine why.) Everyone has a different "take" on what's happening in this world. If you can be optimistic without an actual reason... I say roll with it. The world needs more of you in it. At least you are open to possiblities and potential.

A child-like spirit, with a cheerful attitude and a sense of wonder. I think needs to be encouraged. Not in the sense that someone with such abandon should not be left unaware of "dangers that might lie in their path" nor  should someone who is carefree be aloud to become reckless. But if someone (maybe you) is open to being lighthearted..why should that be diminished?

There is a difference between child-like and being childish. Keep the excitement of the moment, but do not become too self-centered in your point of view that nothing else matters except for getting your own way.

Pay attention to where you are going and be aware of the signs around you...That doesn't mean that you can't be lighthearted. After all the world is a wonderous place. Remind yourself that no matter how grim a situation may seem, things always change. There is always potential for new beginnings, and new adventures.

Use caution and self-control, but also be encouraged to use your sense of humor. You may find a new dimension to yourself emerging.

"Rose-Coloured Glasses" by Blue Rodeo

Lyrics to "Rose-Coloured Glasses" by Blue Rodeo

She sees the world through rose-coloured glasses

Painted skies and graceful romances

I see a world that's tired and scared

Of living on the edge too long

Where does she get off telling me

That love could save us all, save us all.

She takes my hand and leads me to nowhere town.

No matter where I stand it's always neutral ground,

And in the cool of the evening blue

I feel so tired and alone

Where does she get off telling me

That love could save us all, save us all.

And it's day after day

I keep hanging around can you tell me why

Night after night, yeah I know I should leave

But there's something in those eyes

That keeps me hanging on, I'm hypnotized

It breaks my heart and I don't know why

Tell me why, tell me why

She sees the world through rose-coloured glasses

Painted skies and graceful romances

I see a world that's tired and scared

Of living on the edge too long

Where does she get off telling me

That love could save us all, save us all

And it's day after day

I keep hanging around, can you tell me why

Night after night, yeah I know I should leave

But there's something, yeah, yeah...

Day after day after day after day

And I don't know

Day after day after day after day

And I don't know why.


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  • LelahKimball profile image


    9 years ago from USA

    I don't generally wear rose-colored glasses, but I am so glad others do! I liked this one.

  • roastedpinebark profile image


    9 years ago from Iowa

    The world really does need more people to wear some rose colored glasses. I am glad you included the difference between child-like and childish because it is a big factor into affecting others. Nice work, St. James!

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    Merle Ann Johnson 

    10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

    I've worn rose colored glasses for years...and I love them...Mom wears them now...she is 89 and has dementia..and when we go for our rides she loves to wear them...they brighten her day...though the brightness in your day is the happiness in your mind...hers is failing quickly...and as you said "each day is a new adventure" so go with the flow..."Don't worry , be Happy". You sound better to me sweetie,,,good...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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    Joanna McKenna 

    10 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    I'm a cautious optimist. The optimist side wears the rose-colored glasses while the cautious part of me is ever alert for speed bumps that could knock them off. Not a perfect philosophy, but there seems to be more "rose" than "bump" the older I get!

  • Julie-Ann Amos profile image

    Julie-Ann Amos 

    10 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

    I like this one a lot. Have you ever thought about collecting some of these and making them into a book, even if it's just for your own personal collection?

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    Cris A 

    10 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    Thanks for the reality check St James - sometimes it's through rose-colored glasses and sometimes it's the darkest hour. But you're right, staying grounded shoul keep one rolling along... Thanks for sharing :D


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