I do believe that most men live lives of quiet desperation. For despair, optimism is the only practical solution. Hope is practical. Because eliminate that and it’s pretty scary. Hope at least gives you the option of living. -Harry Nilsson
Looking back on my life I realize that I have spent much of my time pondering why I should be optimistic, after all, a quick look at the world shows a constant stream of disasters, whether man made or natural.
If we were to be completely honest with ourselves as a species, most of the accomplishments that we celebrate have had more negative effects on the environment and on the health of humans than the slight bit of comfort they give.
Following that train of thought one could simply decide that there isn’t much worth living for, go into a depression and possibly commit suicide if we look at the extreme end or on a lighter note, just decide that everything is pointless and so just live for the instant gratification that our society is constantly trying to supply us with.
For most of my life I allowed myself to be overwhelmed by that negativity, although I prettied it up and called it realism. But nowadays I have come to realize that although it is very important not to delude ourselves about the truth of the problems in the world, it is vastly more beneficial to focus on the things that people are doing that are positive, regardless of how small they are.
This has been the premise of my InspireMe series, my attempt to share all the different things I come by that give me hope for humanity, whether it is the beauty of a well written book, the joy a good song can instill or even the peace that can come from connecting with the sadness of another person.
So much of this is new to me, ask anyone who knows me and I would not be surprised if one of the first things they say to describe me is that I have mastered the art of complaining. Yet I know there is more to life then I have seen, and there is so much breathtaking beauty in this world for me to uncover and be inspired by.
In Putting down my thoughts here, whatever they may be, I hope to share my journey in search of inspiration with anyone who is willing to listen and maybe start them on their own journey and perhaps be inspired by them as well.
A self generating inspiration loop that just keeps on giving.
So to those of you out there who are feeling down, who cannot see the sun behind the clouds, just remember to be present, be patient, the clouds always part and the sun is always there ready to shine for you.