Still here. Always looking for . . .

But, holy moly. It can be so hard to find sometimes.

If I use my own, personal and internal hope view-finder, I can find lots of reasons for hope. It’s when I back up and take a broader view that I tend to have trouble spotting any.

Earlier this week, I was at a check-up appointment with my rheumatologist. He always asks me if I have any trouble sleeping; he’s trying to gauge whether pain keeps me awake at night. I laughed and told him that . . . no, pain doesn’t keep me awake — but sometimes the state of the world does. He sighed a big sigh . . . and then shared his own philosophy about the state of the world. He told me that his country of origin is always, always in conflict and there is rarely peace. Yet people there still have hope. They believe in powers greater than themselves, whether it be religion or personal or the natural world around them. He reminded me that the world is always in conflict – and that it always has been – yet we still must hope (and work for) more just and peaceful solutions.

His words have been echoing in my head all week.

It’s a mess out there. I know this. Yet as I look all around me, I see nature . . . doing its thing. It does spark hope in me. The natural world pays no attention to the news or the media or the horrible things that people do (and say) to one another.

Nature . . .  just keeps going on.
And we must, too.

“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.”
Hal Bourland

Here’s to a restful weekend for all of us.
Don’t stop looking for hope!