Things that give you hope.

brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
Earlier today, I started thinking about some things that give me reason to feel hopeful.  I thought about starting this thread earlier but held back because every time I tried to word it, everything I could think of sounded corny, too touchy-feely, overly sentimental, etc.  But what the heck.  It's kind of like "What's so funny about peace love and understanding anyway?"  Beside, in times like these, finding something to feel hopeful about can't hurt, right?

So if you have something at the moment that really inspires you to feel hopeful, please share it with us here.  On the other hand, if you're feeling cynical, hopeless, or just plain pissed off, that's cool and I get it, but maybe save that some someplace else?  Cool.

Two things gave me reasons to feel hopeful today.  The first is this amazing young lady and all those other kids out there like her who are standing up and asking us to work on combating climate change.  Miss Greta Thunberg:

And secondly, a news source I find both inspiring as well as challenging, The Guardian:




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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 20,558
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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 18,683
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    Brian, I wanted to post this story but couldn’t find a prison reform thread to post it in, but the fact that there are people focusing their careers on prison reform gives me hope. Plus, I thought you would be interested in it, since it references people you have mentioned before like Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground. 

    https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/chesa-boudin-san-francisco-da.amp.html
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    Brian, I wanted to post this story but couldn’t find a prison reform thread to post it in, but the fact that there are people focusing their careers on prison reform gives me hope. Plus, I thought you would be interested in it, since it references people you have mentioned before like Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground. 

    https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/chesa-boudin-san-francisco-da.amp.html
    This is great.  I hope we'll here more about what Boudin would like to see done to increase reform rather that simply cram more people in prisons.  Thanks for posting it!
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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,756
    My mom's cat took a poop in her toilet.  Outta nowhere!  No training, cat just pooped in the toilet.  There is hope.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    Jason P said:
    My mom's cat took a poop in her toilet.  Outta nowhere!  No training, cat just pooped in the toilet.  There is hope.
    You're sense of humor is big time source of hope, Jason.  :smiley:

    Kudos to the cat!  Man, I wish mine would do that!
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 25,074
    Jason P said:
    My mom's cat took a poop in her toilet.  Outta nowhere!  No training, cat just pooped in the toilet.  There is hope.
    But did the cat flush and close the lid?
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  • OnWis97OnWis97 St. Paul, MNPosts: 2,768
    Jason P said:
    My mom's cat took a poop in her toilet.  Outta nowhere!  No training, cat just pooped in the toilet.  There is hope.
    That’s not hope for me...it’s cats getting on step closer to taking the world over.  Frightening.
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    I want so badly to have more hope for the future.  It seems that we are moving into a time of increased despair.  I say "increased" because I became aware of this movement many years ago when a friend in the mid 70's told me we were living in the age of anxiety.    Then some years later I read the phrase "antidote to despair" in either an Edward Abbey or a Wendell Berry book.  Around that same time, in 1983, Joan Baez was quoted as saying "Action is the antidote to despair.".  There is the hope and the answer.
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  • brianlux said:
    Jason P said:
    My mom's cat took a poop in her toilet.  Outta nowhere!  No training, cat just pooped in the toilet.  There is hope.
    You're sense of humor is big time source of hope, Jason.  :smiley:

    Kudos to the cat!  Man, I wish mine would do that!
    I'm wondering if the reason my cats like to come around me when I'm in there is because they want to try out the toilet?  Lid stays down all the time.
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    brianlux said:
    Jason P said:
    My mom's cat took a poop in her toilet.  Outta nowhere!  No training, cat just pooped in the toilet.  There is hope.
    You're sense of humor is big time source of hope, Jason.  :smiley:

    Kudos to the cat!  Man, I wish mine would do that!
    I'm wondering if the reason my cats like to come around me when I'm in there is because they want to try out the toilet?  Lid stays down all the time.
    My cat drinks out of the toilet.  Sometimes not too long after I have destroyed it.
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  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 7,634
    brianlux said:
    I want so badly to have more hope for the future.  It seems that we are moving into a time of increased despair.  I say "increased" because I became aware of this movement many years ago when a friend in the mid 70's told me we were living in the age of anxiety.    Then some years later I read the phrase "antidote to despair" in either an Edward Abbey or a Wendell Berry book.  Around that same time, in 1983, Joan Baez was quoted as saying "Action is the antidote to despair.".  There is the hope and the answer.
    May I suggest turn off the news and tune out of politics.  I started working the graveyard shift a few months back and do not have time for the news (maybe the evening news), and I purposely have no 24 hours news channels, plus I am not on the computer very much.  It's kind of nice not listening to these talking heads and newsreaders anymore.  Really, what changes if I am a little uninformed, except I am much happier and could not think of a better time to be alive.  Of course, I just got notified that my OT shift was cancelled so I get a 2 day weekend for the 1st time in 6 weeks...or it could be the Cannabis talking.  What the fuck do I know?  LOL
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    brianlux said:
    I want so badly to have more hope for the future.  It seems that we are moving into a time of increased despair.  I say "increased" because I became aware of this movement many years ago when a friend in the mid 70's told me we were living in the age of anxiety.    Then some years later I read the phrase "antidote to despair" in either an Edward Abbey or a Wendell Berry book.  Around that same time, in 1983, Joan Baez was quoted as saying "Action is the antidote to despair.".  There is the hope and the answer.
    May I suggest turn off the news and tune out of politics.  I started working the graveyard shift a few months back and do not have time for the news (maybe the evening news), and I purposely have no 24 hours news channels, plus I am not on the computer very much.  It's kind of nice not listening to these talking heads and newsreaders anymore.  Really, what changes if I am a little uninformed, except I am much happier and could not think of a better time to be alive.  Of course, I just got notified that my OT shift was cancelled so I get a 2 day weekend for the 1st time in 6 weeks...or it could be the Cannabis talking.  What the fuck do I know?  LOL
    It's definitely a good idea to keep a balance.  I admit, there are time when I think, "Why do I bother?", but it's in my nature to want to know what's going on in the world.  I pretty much limit my time keeping up with "the news" but am skeptical of pretty much everything I read, look for the more reliable "news" sources like The Guardian, and always read with a critical eye.

    As for politics- so much of that now is a joke.  I'm more concerned with what naturalists, scientists, and well-informed, intelligent writers are up to. 

    Kudos for you being able to handle graveyard shift.  I did it for 3 months in 1969 and one full year in the mid 70's.  I'm a bit of a night owl but even when I was younger after 2 or 3 or maybe 4 AM I crashed, and now after midnight or 1 or 2 AM, I'm done.  Never did well on graveyard. 
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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,756
    Yesterday while walking down my driveway I noticed a strange black mop-like think on my roof ... upon closer inspection it was discovered to be a furry black squirrel.  We locked eyes.  It held strategic advantage with the high ground.  The squirrel had two options ... A) high-tail over the pitch of the roof and escape to freedom while I retire to my recliner in defeat or B) look at me with a stupid expression and go full shane mcmahon from the top of the the roof to the ground.  The squirrel chose option B.  

    Just launched itself into the air and did a 15 foot belly flop onto the grass and made a funny squeaky toy sound when it landed.  Then it just ran off and I retired to my recliner quite delighted.  
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    Jason P said:
    Yesterday while walking down my driveway I noticed a strange black mop-like think on my roof ... upon closer inspection it was discovered to be a furry black squirrel.  We locked eyes.  It held strategic advantage with the high ground.  The squirrel had two options ... A) high-tail over the pitch of the roof and escape to freedom while I retire to my recliner in defeat or B) look at me with a stupid expression and go full shane mcmahon from the top of the the roof to the ground.  The squirrel chose option B.  

    Just launched itself into the air and did a 15 foot belly flop onto the grass and made a funny squeaky toy sound when it landed.  Then it just ran off and I retired to my recliner quite delighted.  
    LOL, cool story! 

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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,756
    Things that give me hope ... I made it through Thanksgiving week with no one bringing up politics once!  there is still hope ...
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  • stuckinlinestuckinline Posts: 2,852
    The announcement of the 2020 Europe Tour! Hopefully the boys will tour the USA before the 2020 election. 
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    The announcement of the 2020 Europe Tour! Hopefully the boys will tour the USA before the 2020 election. 
    That would be cool!

    By the way, love that avatar of yours.  When I view it on a thread on my laptop,it looks like a little golden monkey bent at the waist.  When I click on it, then I can see that it's molten metal being poured into a guitar shaped mold.  Cool!
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  • stuckinlinestuckinline Posts: 2,852
    Thanks Brian! My avatar is the 2013 Pittsburgh poster.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    Thanks Brian! My avatar is the 2013 Pittsburgh poster.
    Nice!
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  • kce8kce8 Posts: 1,595
    When I listen to the young people around me.
    Now that Johnson has won for his Brexit plans and Trump, Erdogan and Putin are everywhere, these young people have just had enough of it. Many of them are starting to become politically involved in our community and don't want to wait any longer to get ahead.
    Perhaps this Greta sentiment has affected it, but it is largely uncertainty in all areas and the constant inactivity of politicians that drives young people.

    That gives me hope!
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 31,973
    kce8 said:
    When I listen to the young people around me.
    Now that Johnson has won for his Brexit plans and Trump, Erdogan and Putin are everywhere, these young people have just had enough of it. Many of them are starting to become politically involved in our community and don't want to wait any longer to get ahead.
    Perhaps this Greta sentiment has affected it, but it is largely uncertainty in all areas and the constant inactivity of politicians that drives young people.

    That gives me hope!

    Hope!  Ahhh, just the word I needed to hear today, kce.  Thanks!  :hug:
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  • kce8kce8 Posts: 1,595
    Me too Brian! :hug:
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    Song Of Good Hope!



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