Monday, October 2, 2017

Looking for hope in dark times

"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place." ― Kurt Vonnegut

Sunset on Silver Beach, St. Joseph / Cindy La Ferle

Every day this year, I've been reminding myself to limit my intake of news on current events. Despite our ongoing national turmoil, I keep looking for all that's beautiful, respectful, compassionate, wise, and loving. I try to block out (or avoid) anything divisive, combative, abusive, or hateful. 

In other words, maintaining my optimism is now a challenge requiring daily discipline and discretion.

This means that my world has become deliberately smaller; more curated and contained. I find myself drawn to films, books, TV programs, and social situations in which people nurture and uplift each other. I draw closer to friends who think fearlessly, act kindly, live creatively, give generously, and share a more hopeful view of our future. 

But sometimes, like this morning, I turn on the television and learn of yet another mass shooting -- yet another national crisis that fills me with dread and sadness. I know this too shall pass, as surely as I know that nothing will be done to change it. Right now, I'm struggling hard to believe that the world is still a beautiful place. ~CL  


  1. This could not have come at a better time. I need to find the time to write you. Thank you for this one Cindy.

    1. Tina, dear, I owe YOU an email! Have been out of town often, and still trying to catch up to my emails. Thinking of you, my friend!