Everyone I speak to seems to be in a panic. I get it. There is a lot we can focus on in our world that is scary, but this week I want to redirect your attention, at least for a moment, to a few things that make me feel joyful and hopeful. I hope they make you think that all is not bad in the world.
One: Friday night I went to Hilarity for Charity, a fun night to benefit Alzheimer’s. That’s right, I said a fun night of laughter, friendship and hope surrounding a scary disease. Hilarity for Charity is the organization started by my friend Lauren Miller and her husband Seth Rogan. They are raising millions for Alzheimer’s and for the caretakers that help those families who need relief.They bring their funny friends together and for one night there us laughter and hope around a mind-blowing disease.
It is good people using their voices and their talents to change the way we see this disease and it brought me joy and inspired me.
Two: While the bishops at the Synod ultimately didn’t pass his suggestions, the Pope once again gave me hope earlier this week by proposing changes to some of the Catholic church’s judgements that I feel could use some, shall we say ‘updating’?, for those of us who call ourselves Catholics. Compassion and open-mindedness were leading his proposals, and while I’m disappointed the whole of the church isn’t ready to update yet, I couldn’t be more grateful for this man who has the courage to use his voice to try an make compassionate change.
Three: The conversation online often centers around how mean everyone can be on social media, but the comments from so many of you on my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram pages (and others) are filled with encouragement, joy and positive affirmations. I’m grateful. And it gives me hope that good has a louder voice than negativity.
Everyday we each have the choice to wake up and use our voices for our highest good or to spread shame, anger, judgement and fear.
Yes there is a lot we should all be concerned about. The inequality that exists all around us. The discrimination that still persists. The persecution, and yes, the meanness of what feels like so many.
But guess what? There is an election coming up. And we each have a chance to vote for people who want to lead us in a more hopeful, open kind of society. We have a chance to use or voices to help leaders that can make a difference where we live.
I hope everyone who can vote, will. Leaders make a difference. Vote for one. Or better yet, become the kind of leader you wish you could vote for and use your own voice for good.
We all have the power to bring hope and joy. We can all make a difference. #PassItForward
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