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  1. O.Christina

    Light within, light inside as well as outside, it is in all which is. Thank you!

    10 months ago
  2. Robin Ann

    I received a work promotion today with a nice raise! This has lifted my spirits and I feel like more positive things are coming my way. I’ve been been feeling rather down in the last 2 weeks so knowing I am appreciated and valued at work is huge! This is giving me a sense of hope for the future : )
    My son bought me flowers today too, he is so thoughtful!

    10 months ago
    1. Michele

      Congrats Robin Ann on your work promotion!

      10 months ago
  3. pkr

    Speaking my truth. Finally after many years of putting others 1st, I am now putting me in the #1 position. I have suffered enough, I have allowed others to take advantage of my compassion & good will for far too long. I am speaking my truth now. It is hard & difficult but necessary & it feels good. 🙏🏻

    10 months ago
  4. Linda

    Children.

    10 months ago
  5. s
    saranne84

    I am on a weight loss journey, and I gain hope every time I see the number on the scale go down even a little. But now my mom and stepdad have also joined me, and my husband has rec0mmitted to his weight loss journey and I just have hope of a healthy family who will be around for my daughter.

    10 months ago
  6. Carla

    I received the book “Silent Grief living in the wake of suicide” (Lukas and Seiden) revised edition, in the mail Tuesday night. It’s very validating (providing hope) for what is quickly becoming a different grief/loss, as I walk forward from the death by suicide by my dear nephew Charlie, 7/28. I paraphrase-“For every death by suicide, there are 7 to 10 people intimately affected”. I know this new life experience is not one I would seek out nor wish on anyone. Grace will walk me through this, and I in turn can share this tool, now permanently in my tool kit.

    10 months ago
    1. Yram

      My “sister” established the Karla Smith Behavioral Health., after her daughter choose death by suicide. I know the foundation has supported many family members. You may want to look them up. Their location is in Southern ILL.

      10 months ago
    2. Michele

      My son’s best friend, Josh, committed suicide. Josh’s birthday is in 2 days. One of my best friends sister died by suicide around Thanksgiving. Sending loving kindness to you and your family especially as the holidays approach.

      10 months ago
      1. Carla

        Thank you Michele. It’s like a wave rippling through world, in how many are impacted by death by suicide.
        (TGIF to you🌻)

        10 months ago
    3. Joseph McCann

      I empathize with you Carla. In couple of weeks, 9/24/02, the 21st anniversary of my brother’s death by his own hands will be with me. Be kind to yourself. It helped me.

      10 months ago
      1. Carla

        Thank you Joseph. I appreciate your supportive words. I’ll remember your brother later this month. 🌻

        10 months ago
    4. Robin Ann

      That is so true Carla, I have walked this journey also. My work is offering a session on this topic to all employees this month. It is a much needed topic to discuss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

      10 months ago
      1. Carla

        I’m just learning Sept is Suicide awareness month. My state health dept is having some sessions, that I’ll plan to attend. Thank you!

        10 months ago
  7. Carol

    I awoke to a very hazy sky with the television weather forecaster advising everyone to stay indoors as the smoke from the Canadian wild fires has made our air quality unhealthy for us all not just the elderly or infirm. I sighed. If unhealthy air has reached NE Kansas all the way from Canada then all of the plains’ states are being impacted as well as the Canadians who are struggling with more than just poor air quality.

    Then I read the daily question: What is one thing that is giving me a sense of hope right now?

    Honestly, I am finding it hard to embrace a sense of hope today. As I often do when I feel overwhelmed and a bit hopeless and helpless, I turned to my journals and found a short piece I wrote a few years ago about my understanding of the word hope. I share it below:

    Hope’s two daughters

    Once upon a time there was a woman named Hope. She was a wise woman. When she birthed twin daughters, she named them Anger and Courage. She loved them both dearly and equally.

    Now Anger was born first. She was very outgoing …boisterous…opinionated and quick tempered. She was thinker.

    Her sister Courage was a bit younger…sometimes shy…patient but very determined and deliberate…a feeler.

    When someone asked, “Why would you name your daughters Anger and Courage?”

    Hope replied, “Nothing would happen in this world if people didn’t get angry. Nothing would change. Anger is neither good nor bad. It is what we do with our anger that makes it either constructive or destructive.”

    “But isn’t it better to just have courage?” another asked.

    Hope thought for a moment and then she responded, “Courage is not better or worse than anger but I wouldn’t advise having one without the other. When Anger and Courage walk hand in hand, side by side, there is one thing I know: They will breed hope because neither will think, feel or act like a victim.”

    10 months ago
  8. Charlie T

    The fact that I can get up in the morning
    and I can try again.

    10 months ago
  9. Barb C

    My life isn’t only and all about my work, yet that’s where my mind goes first. I’ve been given the opportunity, through greatly increased funding from our legislature, to grow a team and give out far more grant funding to improve active transportation safety and connectivity. We’ve been recruiting to fill new positions and in each and every case our top candidate has said yes to the offer. Other parts of my agency aren’t having the same success in filling vacancies. I believe we’re doing so well because our sense of purpose is so clear in what we do that shows to the world, and in how we convey the opportunity in the job description and in interviews. That we keep finding wonderfully talented people who want to contribute to this work that genuinely will save lives, help our climate and ecosystems, and make better places for everyone gives me enormous hope.

    10 months ago
    1. Carol

      Barb C your work is inspiring and definitely gives me hope for our planet.

      10 months ago
      1. Barb C

        Thank you Carol!

        10 months ago
  10. Joseph McCann

    I am not currently experiencing a sense of hope. I am, however, experiencing a sense of longing. Our trip is coming to a conclusion shortly, and the geology, beauty and enormity of the 49th state in person cannot be conveyed by photos. But as Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home”. I will stay in the present for today and not future trip about our travels home beginning in the evening tomorrow, as we fly out at midnight.

    10 months ago
    1. Michele

      Safe travels home:)

      10 months ago
    2. Robin Ann

      Safe travel home! My son worked on a cruise ship in Alaska many years ago for a short time and he is still in awe.

      10 months ago
    3. Carol

      Wishing you safe travels!

      10 months ago
  11. Yram

    I feel a sense of evolution and growing in grassroot organizations.

    10 months ago
  12. Mary Mantei

    Three things; Peter Attia’s book, “Outlive”, as he challenges the status quo of our health care approach, my more freely moving body, the news of Colorado’s attorney general in regards to the 14th Amendment.

    10 months ago
  13. sunnypatti

    The new day that lies ahead, and that I woke up to experience it 💫

    10 months ago
  14. Nannette

    That today is a new day, the sun will rise and I am here to experience it…Thanks be to God.

    10 months ago
  15. coastmoor

    Yesterday I visited Salts Mill, the home of some of David Hockney’s work, and an immense amount of his and Jonathan Silver’s spirit. I stood, and sat, in the bookshop, it was one of my reasons for visiting. Looking amongst the classics I once again felt the drift of beauty reaching out to me. I swayed as the energy of love and loss flowed into and over me.

    I had driven a couple of hundred miles, and stayed over in a low budget hotel, to recreate this feeling. It worked, and I have great hope that in years to come it may well happen again.

    10 months ago
    1. pkr

      Coastmoor, I love David Hockney’s work. Happy you enjoyed your visit. Sounds great. Cheers…

      10 months ago
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