Amidst so much pain, where do you find hope?
The Midweek Conversation
We know there is a lot that’s wrong in the world today.
The climate crisis…
The abortion law in Texas…
And on… and on…
There is no shortage of very serious, very present, and very real alarm bells out there that make life feel unhinged. If you are on social media, there is undoubtedly an unending opportunity for doom scrolling. And even if you aren’t, in conversations with friends and family, in what you read in the newspaper or see on television, these are dire, sad, and trying times.
And yet, in each of these instances there are people pushing back, even putting themselves in physical harm to help solve problems. And then there are all the other elements of life that can rekindle the precarious embers of hope —a cherished poem re-read, a cup of coffee with an old friend, a view of a hummingbird out the window. Some scenes we yearn for are epic in scope and others intricate in detail, moments to be savored, springboards for a sense of “steady-ness.”
So today in our midweek conversation, I want to appeal to whatever inspirations of balance you have mustered and call on our wonderfully thoughtful and supportive community to create a space for sharing.
So in the comments, please let us know:
Where are you finding joy?
What brings you hope?
Where is there beauty?
What are you reading, watching, or listening to?
What have you done, or where have you gone that has reinforced your connection to others or to nature?
We understand that in addition to large-scale challenges, many people are suffering personally. These are particularly trying times for those with mental illness. There are no simple answers, but maybe we can, together, continue to build bonds that help sustain us.
Some ground rules for these Wednesday chats (and also the comments sections on other posts):
I want a space where people feel safe to express their views, as long as they are offered in good faith.
I want a space where ideas can be challenged, especially my own.
I want debate. But I want it to be civil.
I want people to come here with open minds, and open hearts.
I want this to be fun as well as serious.
We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable.