1. I really needed to see this this morning and you’ve sparked me to make time for journaling and create my own list. Feeling hopeless is the worst feeling we can have…

    • Laurie Stone

      So agree, Carla. Feeling hopeless is awful. And yes, I recommend getting your own list going. Sometimes just thinking about the things that make us happy can help.

  2. Your 9 things are fantastic and we must try to find the positive in every awful situation. You’re right life must go on and in order to stay sane, it must go in a positive direction.

  3. Laurie, I was half prepared for a description of perspective. It was a very pleasant surprise to point to things that are lovely and positive and MOST IMPORTANT, constant.

    What a special and touching post, thank you.

  4. Ann

    Laurie, well said. We have just witnessed sheer evil. So much hatred and so many innocent humans wasted. But, from the ashes there was an outflowing of kindness and bravery from the majority of witnesses. Some people sheltered victims in their homes in spite of the danger. The shields of the responding officers were riddled with bullets. In the end the majority of people are loving and kind and that’s what matters.

    • Laurie Stone

      Ann, I’m not sure when the hatred will end. I’d like to say it’ll be in our lifetime, but I have my doubts. In the meantime, we have to live the best life we can.

  5. What a beautiful post. I love how you’ve pared everything back to basics, and shown us how there is so much hope left in the world, despite the terrible violence we’re witnessing. Gorgeous sentiments – loved this.

  6. All of these things help make life worth living. I’d love to have seen that elephant video, incidentally. I’d have to watch when my kids weren’t in the room, though, in case I got a bit teary-eyed.

  7. Oh, how I needed to read this! Thank you for the timely reminder that there is so much love and beauty around us, even if it gets overshadowed. Beautiful post, Laurie!

  8. Great list! Little children always give me hope. Spending time with my grandchildren renews my faith in this world. They are so filled with love and hope. I wish we could bottle it up and sell it. But in the meantime they do brighten my world.

    • Laurie Stone

      Renee, Children really put things in perspective for me. Animals too. They don’t see the world through the jaded eyes of us adults. Its so lovely to be in that innocent world, if only for a little while.

  9. Donna

    I have never been filled with more hope. I know folks are going to turn to themselves, they will fight harder, be more creative, use their brains to start new businesses….they will meet new people, they will find strength they never knew they had before

    • Laurie Stone

      Donna, I believe out of hard times, comes strength. Right now our country is changing, but I believe we will come out better (and wiser) the other end.

  10. There are not words to say how much I adore this post. I’ve been struggling lately to find what gives me hope. I’m saving this. I may print it out 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Carla, Thanks so much. I’m also struggling, as we all are, with the way our country is going. Let’s pray for peace.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I guess love is the bottom line to any good in the world. We saw such hate this weekend, it was terrifying.

  11. This line is so true: “I wouldn’t be surprised if music linked us to higher, more creative parts of our brain. ” I know that some of my best writing is done when I put on music.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I find I do some of my best, most creative thinking when I’m listening to music. I think it allows access to another part of the brain. Funny how that works.

  12. This was the perfect blog for me to read this morning! My granddaughter brings me so much joy. I find myself running over to play with her every chance I can. She gives me a dose of joy, light, and goodness! I just adore her!

    • Laurie Stone

      Ellen, Children are the best when it comes to distraction. Their innocence and energy are infectious! How wonderful you have your granddaughter.

  13. Wow! I needed this… The ocean brings me such a sense of calm and a reminder that everything will be ok. And you live close to the ocean..I am jealous. I live 3 hours away…want to change that.

    • Laurie Stone

      Renee, I love looking out over that beautiful expanse of water. I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds it soothing.

    • Laurie Stone

      Rena, Somehow we’ll survive this time like countless generations survived their times. Sometimes it seems impossible, but there’s a natural world out there that brings peace.

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