I blog for Care2 Causes. You can find my tirades and occasional upbeat posts here. Reading through them, you might wonder if I’m being truthful when I write on this site, “Still, on the great balance scale of life, I have a hunch the good far outweighs the bad.”
Bill McKibben’s essay in YES! gave me a lot to ponder and reaffirmed my mission to post 1001 reasons for optimism on this site. I love his title, “Why I’m Giving Up Cynicism for New Year’s”.
For me, the important difference between cynicism and optimism is the possibility for change. I believe change is possible.
Governments around the globe are sliding toward the right. Multinational corporations are wielding unprecedented power. The environment is straining under the weight of our carelessness.
And yet… People are erecting tiny libraries on posts and stocking them with books they want to share. Tiny Moab, Utah turned out in force for a 2011 Gay Pride parade. Photographer Jen McKen took a stand against bullying when she refused to take graduation pictures of girls posting cruel comments on Facebook. Billionaires are speaking out against tax cuts for the rich.
Every post on this site, every link on This Gives Me Hope’s Facebook page and Scoop.it site is my way of affirming my unwavering belief that we are not condemned to accept the way things are, that we can bring about change, that each one of us can make a difference.
These two sentences from Bill McKibben jump out at me: “I don’t want to be hopelessly naïve. I want to be hopefully naïve.”
That’s what I want to be so I’ll continue speaking out on issues that feel important to me. I’ll also keep celebrating small victories, quirky stories, successes, and beauty. And I hope you’ll join me.
Share your reasons for hope.