There has to be hope!

I have recently been halted smack dab in the middle of a crisis of faith. There is so much hate, dread, anxiety, falsehood, fear and tragedy in the news these days, that I find myself occasionally coming close to losing all hope for humanity. This is not a normal feeling for me and I admit I do not like it.

Are there truly no like-minded people in the world? Do others not see the beauty, joy, love and peace that can so easily be witnessed in the world.  When did we start to see and react only to the dark side? We are on a road which can only lead to darkness, despair, and ultimately the extinction of the human race. Let us take a moment to look around and see that we have options. As humans we have the ability to think and feel as well as to change our focus.  Let us use these abilities to visualize a brighter path to follow before we have no choice at all.

There must be HOPE!  Without it, we can have, and attain nothing.

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Such Truth in Simplicity

I am frequently surprised where I find hope and truth.  Admittedly I am a lover of schmaltz. Just ask Daddy or Baby Bear who will without a doubt vouch for me.

When I saw the newest version of Cinderella I was touched by a simple phrase that recurred throughout the movie. “Have Courage, and Be Kind.”

I’m not sure anything more needs to be said. Pass it on!

Which Wolf Do You Feed?

Which Wolf Do You Feed?

     An elder Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me…it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

     “The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

     “This same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person too,” he added.

     The Grandchildren thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

     The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed…” 

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     Yesterday I saw the movie “Tomorrowland” and was moved to start a discussion about the present course of humanity. We have become so fascinated with seeing through the eyes of the wolf that manifests all the negative, fearful, hateful things assaulting us from every side, that we have lost much of our hope that there could be anything else. I am here to say ENOUGH! There IS another way!

     We have a choice to look from the eyes and act from within the heart of the wolf that embodies goodness, kindness, and peace. Let us as a whole begin to breathe life back into hope. Without it we are less than human. We must begin to balance the negative bombarding us to become the people I know we are capable of being. It takes only one person performing one small act to begin to tip the balance. As the balance changes act by act, there comes a tipping point where the change cascades and is unstoppable. I challenge you to begin the journey back to hope.