In a world where the consequences of one insane man burning a book in Florida are the deaths of 16 people at the hands of other insane men on the opposite side of the globe, it is often difficult to view our world in a positive light. The media tells us that pretty soon none of us will have jobs, that our deaths from radiation poisoning are imminent, and that our children (if they survive) will be saddled with a national debt they’ll never be able to pay. People around the world are fighting for freedom and for basic human rights against other people who seek religious supremacy and power. We are cursed to live in interesting times.
How do we cope with day to day life when faced with such problems? Perhaps the key is to narrow our focus and dig deep to see the small things around us that are good. The birth of a baby is hope for the future. Welcome to the world, dearest Grace, my newest grandniece. It is for you that your parents, proud representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the others who love you work hard to make the world a better place. We won’t give up, sweetie, I promise.
There is good out there, if you're willing to look for it. Admire the buds on the Dogwood trees. Read some poetry. Spend some time watching a pair of eagles bring new life into the world. Smile.
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Many thanks to my friend Rich Smith for forwarding the link to the , which is sending out the live stream of the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa.