Friday, January 14, 2022

Where Do You Find Hope?

Do you ever feel like it's all getting to be too much? Every freakin' headline? Are we in the hand basket on our way to you know where? What's going on in the United States, particularly in Washington DC? I thought when that monstrous buffoon was gone we'd start to dig our way out of the pile of stupidity he had left behind. But no... that's not what's happening at all. I have renamed the Supreme Court the Supremely Stupid Court. No vaccine mandates at the workplace? Really? We're in trouble here. I don't see any way for us to get out of it either. Not when supposedly Democratic Senators vote on behalf of big business and instead of their constituents. I don't usually write about politics, but I've seriously had enough. 

Oh wait a minute... I think I must have written posts like this many times already over the 17+ years we've been blogging here. What draws me back in? I think it must be hope. Where do I get that? It's like an addictive drug. It's free. People hand it out everywhere. Addicts know where to find it. 

It's the sky for me. I wake up every morning and run to take a look. Here are views of January 10 through January 13. 





See what I mean? Even a rainbow shows up on a warm sunny morning,  after the brief showers had been over for hours. 

The sky... it gives me hope. Maybe it'll teach me to stop looking at headlines. 

Where do you find hope?

 

43 comments:

  1. I find hope when my cat wakes me up in the morning and he makes me laugh. I find hope when feel love, when I see young people are politically aware, and when I'm weeding my garden. Sounds kinda sappy, I know, but I yam what I yam.

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    1. Colette-- I love what gives you hope. Makes me want to broaden my scope and view. Thank you!

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  2. It does get harder as we read the headlines to have faith in mankind. Still I have always been an optimist. I am kind of like a whack a mole. Every time I get hit, I pop up somewhere else. Also when I look around me, the people I see are pretty much like minded, good people. I really think we out number them, we just don't get all the press.

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    1. Patti-- Damn, I forgot that I've never been an optimist. That does have a way of keeping things dark. I like your perspective that the good outnumber the others. I'll try to remember that. Maybe I should cancel all of my online newspaper subscriptions.

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  3. Yes, I agree with Arkansas Patti! I think there are many, many good people who want the best for all. We just don't often read about them as the nuts and nasties get the most coverage. But I see them in the blogs I read and the friends I talk to, and that gives me hope. You give me hope, Robin Andrea!

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    1. EllenD-- It's true the nuts and nasties get most of the coverage. I wish it weren't true. We all need a boost of optimistic sunlight. That I give you hope brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for that.

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  4. Nice contrast here about how it is and how it could be. Yes, right now it's alarming. However, Americans have dug themselves out of problems before and I think they will dig themselves out of this one.

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    1. Red-- I love your optimism. I so hope it's true. Sometimes I ask Roger where we should run away to if the worst things come to pass. Canada here we come!

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  5. A sunrise each morning is my hope base...that there's so much possibility in each day. Nature is my next inspiration, which has good and bad days, but I can usually look around me and find some little plant or creature that makes me smile...like my flowers. I love your sky photos, so I took one this morning from a parking lot, and this time rolled down the window!

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    1. Barbara-- Yes, a sunrise each morning! That is the best way to find hope. That and the blooming roses and a kitty cat that comes over for a good bit of petting. I love that you photographed the sky this morning. I'm looking forward to seeing that photo!

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  6. This was the topic of conversation two nights ago- I asked Dennis "what is HOPE?" He gave me his answer and then I had to google the word HOPE because I am not really clear on what it is.I reckon that HOPE is "fingers crossed" - something in between denial and Obama. HOPE is an empty word, easily leveled by changing the first consonant to "N". I have settled on "observation" and "change" instead of HOPE, because hope is more of a prayer, a gamble, "fingers crossed"

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    1. Linda Sue-- I love knowing that you and Dennis also talked about HOPE. Fingers crossed is a great analogy for hope. I will remember that whenever I am hoping for something. You bet I'm going to have my fingers crossed. Thank you so much for this!

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  7. I know what you mean about everything being too much. I'm finding it more difficult to stay on an even keel as we enter into year 3 of the pandemic. As for where I find hope, it's in nature and music and blog land.

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    1. Ally-- Yes to nature, music, and blog land. Three of my favorite hopeful things as well.

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  8. Beautiful sky's there. Well I have to ask myself the same here with the government and Boris digging an ever deeper hole for themselves after all the parties that happened during lockdown have emerged. The people of this country are really peed off with them, worst of all one occurred the night before Prince Philips funeral. I doubt the Queen was impressed with them even if the publicly apologised to her

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    1. Billy-- I've been seeing headlines about Boris and his party. I didn't know what had happened. What a jerk. I hope the skies are beautiful for you too.

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  9. My earliest experiences of hope came to me through the music of the world. People singing.

    And through people who have survived what seemed unsurvivable in all cultures, in all times.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rB6_s8y11w

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4FNGrPTPZw

    In the dark times
    Will there also be singing?
    Yes, there will be singing.
    About the dark times.

    – Bertolt Brecht, The Svenborg Poems

    There is hope for me in the beauty of the natural world. The light in the eyes of a small child.

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    1. am-- I love where you find hope. Yes, to music and the light in the eyes of small child. Yes! Thank you for the links. I haven't listened yet, but I will.

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  10. SWMBO commanded me to come, with camera, to see the sky out of her slider door. I took a couple of pictures and will try to remember to show them tomorrow. Most singular!

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    1. Catalyst-- I am so looking forward to seeing your skies. Thank SWMBO for me! Yay, I have something to look forward to. That gives me hope.

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  11. Your question of where one finds Hope is tough to answer, Robin. I avoid most of the news headlines and don't spend more than 30 minutes total looking at several online sources each a.m. It seems that stupidity abounds at the highest levels and my hope is that common sense will prevail, one day.

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    1. Beatrice-- I'm trying to wean myself off of news. When I was still working at the university, I advised students who published the campus newspapers and poetry journals. I was immersed in news. My first husband was a news videographer. I'm working on it. Blogging helps. Yes, stupidity abounds, and I like your hope that common sense will prevail.

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    1. John-- That was such a wonderful hopeful joyous video to watch. That guitarist was so kind and thoughtful. And the little girls's enthusiasm was a delight. Thank you for that!

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    2. Glad that you enjoyed that. Young Lacie would have fitted in perfectly with the kind of children that I worked with for twenty-odd years. Most days yielded a few moments like that.

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    3. John-- We've watched it three times already and love it every time. Brings tears to my eyes. I love knowing that you worked with children like that and experienced those kinds of moments. You are a true mensch, John. I will always be grateful that our virtual paths crossed here on the internet. Thank you.

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    4. Thank you. (Had to look up "mensch" to make sure it wasn't something rude!)

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  13. The continued generosity of people, small and large, expected and unexpected, gives me hope. As regards this pandemic, my hope lies with science, hugely and with all the reasons.
    And then there is this:
    "Evil has no depth and therefore has nothing demonic about it. Evil can lay waste the entire world, like a fungus growing rampant on the surface. But only good is deep and radical." (Hannah Arendt)

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    1. Sabine-- Yes, my hope lies with science too. Yes! I trust they will come up with medications for breakthrough cases, and perhaps our ongoing fears and apprehensions will finally abate.
      Love the Hannah Arendt quote, yes only good is deep and radical. That gives me hope.

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  14. It may be that our democracy has come to an end for now. I think too many people don't have a clue as to how close we are to the republicans replacing it with a one party authoritarian system. I don't know where my hope comes from. Ignoring the political situation. I guess in my yard. I don't know if it's hope or contentment.

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    1. ellen-- Yes, that's how I see it as well. The republicans want a one-party authoritarian system. I'm worried about how close they are to getting it. Yes, I try to ignore the political situation by running out to look up at the sky all the time... that and nice long walks.

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  15. Came over here from Catalyst's blog :) Such pretty sky pictures you featured here! I don't find much hope in this world but because of my faith and beliefs, I have hope in what lies ahead eternally. In the meantime I cling to His promises of never leaving me nor forsaking me and know no matter how bad it gets here, the hope of heaven far outweighs my brief time here on this planet :) Have a nice rest of the weekend!

    betty

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    1. Betty-- Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I look to the sky for hope and reassurance that our planet will be here long after we are gone. I don't believe in organized religion, but I do believe utterly in the natural world and all its beauty.

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  16. I recently heard Howard Dean say the court is now the enemy of the people. We have 13 circuit courts now and therefore should have 13 justices. I could get on board with that.

    I derive a lot of hope from the people in my UU gather group. We have deep, intimate conversations on all kinds of topics. They remind me that there are many good people in this world.

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    1. Tara-- I had been wondering what the argument was for expanding the court. Now it makes sense. Thank you for that.
      I should probably join some kind of group, but the likelihood of that happening is never. There are good people in the world. I admire from afar.

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  17. I think we've all had Enough already and it's all Too Much and too Negatively playing out. I find Hope in Nature since Nature always finds a way... I saw how resilient Nature was when we first went into Lockdown Globally and the Earth blossomed in the absence of Man... it was for me, Hopeful, Awe inspiring... it didn't take Nature long at all to rebound from the damage Mankind causes. So, if only we could learn to be more harmonious creatures... but for some... that seems like quite a stretch, doesn't it?

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    1. Bohemian-- Yes, becoming harmonious creatures is definitely a stretch for some. I believe utterly in that and would welcome the day with open arms and an open heart. Sadly, I know I won't see it in my lifetime. It's good to hear from you.

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  18. Some days I just can't find hope. On others, it's in the small things. It helps to be present, to not think about the future or the past. Hope is in the moment.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Yes to everything to wrote here. Hope is in the moment. I tried to save a worm today. I'm not sure it worked, but hope is in the moment.

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  19. I think it's important to be informed but I try not to wallow in the 24-hour news cycle. Remember how nice it was when we watched the network news for half an hour every night, and the rest of the time we just lived our lives? That's what I aim for.

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    1. Steve-- It's true, it's important to be informed. I think the 24/7 news cycle has been absolutely instrumental in the decline of our country and our planet. Yes, a half hour of news should suffice.

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  20. I find hope in my grandchildren, Robin--smart, beautiful young people ranging in age from 22 to 10. It's not fair, the work we're leaving them to do, but my hope is that they're up to the gargantuan task.

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    1. Peter-- I like your perspective. I had not thought about the grandkids in terms of hope. Ours range in age from 10 to 2. I lean more towards worrying about the planet we are leaving them. I too hope they will be up to the task.

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