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What’s better – hope or cynicism? Hope makes difficult situations easier and can inspire us to do better and be better than we are in our current situation. It’s important to realize the important role that hope plays in our lives. Hope helps us in everyday moments as well as tragic ones. It is said that hope is the fire that keeps us alive. If you think about it, this couldn’t be more true. It is hope for a better world that gave our ancestors the strength to push on, to found new technologies, cities, and empires. Hope is a fire that never truly dies out.

No one knows what will happen in the next moment. No one knows, but one can hope, and that hope can inspire us to form a new reality, a better world.

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A Note On Prioritizing

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These days, everything is vying for our attention. Our immediate surroundings and, debatably equally, the whole world via our technology. Work, family, television, incoming calls, to-do lists, news, music, games, friends, weekend plans, emails, and much more can capture our attention at any given moment. With only so much time, it is important to focus throughout the day on what deserves your focus, and not on what doesn’t. Now, please don’t confuse this with discerning the distinction between want and need. Yes, that is important, but not the whole story.

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I’m sure you’ve heard about balance. It’s important to balance priorities, do what needs to be done, and make time for family. Just as important, we must put aside time to care for ourselves, and realize that, sometimes, taking a step back is more important than continually pushing forward.

In short, stop and compare the things that are vying for your attention and determine which of them is more worthy of your time. Now, this will be different for everyone. Everyone has their own unique life experiences, values, and personality that uniquely determine what is ‘right’ for them.

So, ultimately, you are the only one that can truly tell you ‘which is more worthy of your time’.

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A Note On Endangered Species

There is always much debate about bills that have been passed into law, if they should be changed or removed, etc. When it comes to protecting the Earth and all life, however, there is no room for debate. Various animal welfare and environmental protection measures have been put in place by numerous countries around the globe, and cumulatively by the U.N. These measures are constantly in danger of either being repealed or not enforced.

As you no doubt know, in this modern industrial age, it’s hard for people to live in a way that doesn’t harm the environment. There is an increasing awareness about this that is leading to more reforms and demands for change. Many scientists and other experts argue this is not enough, or that the reforms will not come soon enough to prevent lasting damage to our environment.

Also, human activities and development have driven numerous species to the brink of extinction. Honeybees, elephants, gorillas, monarch butterflies, whales, chestnut trees, and cypress tress are but a few examples. Some find all this information intimidating. I mean, this all sounds important, but what can I do? The answer: whatever you can, even if it’s simply being more aware of what goes on around you.

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I Brake For Squirrels!

As noted in previous posts, perspective can change everything. All of us are only human, and no one is perfect. Still, you have to wonder, how can some people be so unbelievably cruel? I mean, I brake for squirrels! All of the mass shootings happening around the country, who could do something like that? I know you can relate; I can’t imagine wanting to harm any animal, let alone another person. Of course, some people out there just aren’t in their right mind, and so there is no rational explanation for their behavior.

Of course, everyone is ‘wired’ differently, a result of genetics, environment, and past experiences. These different factors accumulate and produce an individual (each of us) that is different from any other. This has far-reaching effects.

And there’s the human brain. I’m no expert, and I don’t claim to be. The human brain has been the subject of countless studies, with many, many people wondering how it works, how we work. The human brain is very complex, too much so for this post. I will say, though, that, through all medical advances, we still don’t know all that much about how the brain works (aka there is a lot to be discovered), and it’s possible that violent people can have different brain wave patterns and other intricacies.

So, in summary, we still don’t know precisely how people can be so cruel (other than violence for violence’ sake). Also, we can’t change other people, only ourselves. So our best bet is to try our very best to counter all the evil in this world with as much good as possible. If you have something to add to this discussion, feel free to let me know in the comments!

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The Point

Have you ever been through yet another week, doing the laundry again, asking yourself “what’s the point”? Well, if you said no, you’re lying. We’ve all been there. I’m not necessarily talking about feeling down. Rather, simply wondering how another week could have gone by. How you could be doing the laundry now when you just did it yesterday. Well, truth be told, it was two weeks ago. It feels like yesterday.

Continuing this line of thought, if you just did the laundry yesterday, what have you been doing for the last two weeks? At the moment, you have no idea.

Time can appear cruel sometimes. It takes a year for a bad day to pass but a day for a good year to pass. Doesn’t that seem cruel? In truth, as with most things in life, it’s mainly a matter of perspective. That’s easy to say, of course, from an outside perspective especially.

But it’s true.

How you think of things can have a huge impact on your life.

Yet, from time to time, we still wonder, “What’s the point?”. Well, if you really want an answer, the point is what you make it. But there’s always a point.