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why we need hope

August 12, 2014

“But you are not alone in this
And you are not alone in this
As brothers we will stand and we’ll hold your hand
Hold your hand.”
Timshel, Mumford and Sons

In the wake of the death of Robin Williams and amidst the tumultuous problems in the Middle East, I have been feeling more sad and lost lately. Why so much injustice? Why does it seem evil always wins? Why is it so hard to overcome depression, anxiety, and other mental issues? Why are these issues not being talked about [constantly] and dealt with [fixed] [now] […impatience]? It seems we would prefer to pretend the problems aren’t there, naively going on with our comfortable lives. But it is we who suffer the most. “Self-denial leads to an anxious tension that permeates everything we do. And then this nervous energy infects our relationships, our work and our parenting.” Dr Andrea Pennington is onto something with her latest article in the Huffington Post, entitled “How I Overcame Self-Loathing and Learned to Love Myself.” Instead of constantly comparing and boxing ourselves in, tucking this and changing that to make ourselves more appealing, we need to accept who we are and what we can do in order to make a positive impact in our world.

Is it possible that more of us are hiding alone in the dark than it seems? We need to come together and help each other out into the light to live a full life. We need more good! More helping those in need. More positive changes and responsible choices. More interest, more commitment, more passion. More teamwork, more please and thank yous, yessirs and yes ma’ams, more respect for the common man and the environment, more good work, more enjoyment, more laughter. In the words of Arianna Huffington, “Squashing our true selves is a major cause of fear, anxiety, and depression.” Maybe if we started to embrace what makes us feel alive instead of stuffing it down [like a turkey] because it isn’t “productive” or “possible” or “insert whatever lies you hear and tell yourself” we would start to see changes. If we give the world what it so desperately needs, no matter how small the act, the light will continue to spread. But first look at the [wo]man in the mirror and ask him to change his ways. If we start with ourselves, accepting our whole selves and forgiving our flaws, nurturing the good and selflessly loving those around us, we will be able to shine much brighter.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

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