The trail I walk by the river

The trail I walk by the river

What gives you hope in life? The other night I found myself discouraged, as many people do these days, and I decided to make a list of what gives me hope in this crazy, mixed-up and amazing world of ours.

For some reason it feels comforting to make a list, like it’s a way to put order to the chaos, and remind myself to trust the process.

If it makes sense to you, I encourage you to make your own list (or write a Haiku or a paragraph) about what gives you hope. Then feel free to gift it to the other blog readers in the comment section.

 

What Gives Me Hope:

 

Trees

Kindness

Mountain streams

Smiling children

Rivers

Small towns

Slower rhythms

Deep breaths

Forests

Wilderness

Dreams

Sacred places around the world

Creativity

Mountains

Beaches

Valleys

A great story

Soft voices

Blues music

Gospel choirs

Tree groves

Authenticity

Long walks outside

A good nights sleep

Farmers markets

Live music in intimate settings

A thoughtful barista or anyone who is thoughtful

Knowing myself and what I need

Eye contact

A smile from a stranger

Laughter

Time with friends

City parks

Sitting by a river

Hammocks

Literary agents who love my work

book sales

Cool, clean water

Paths

Deep conversations

Beautiful images

Stories that give me courage

Old Friends

New friends

Nonjudgmental friends

My own groundedness

Courage from unlikely people

Old fashioned letters

Campfires

Wildflowers

Blue skies

Sunrises

Sunsets

Full moons

Waning moons

New moons

Hummingbirds

Butterflies

Inchworms

Lightning bugs

Tree houses

Seasons

Knowing that this, too, shall pass

Dignity

People with integrity

Wildlife

Nature

The Grand Canyon

National parks and national forests

Whales

Dolphins

Polar bears

Genuineness

Truthfulness

Loggerhead turtles

Bee hives full of bees

Honey

Hard work

Not working at all

A good film

A really well written book

Belief in something bigger than myself

A sense of purpose in my life

Mountain vistas

Belief that there are good people in the world

A belief that we are all connected

A good meal

Unplugging from electronics in the evenings and weekends

Poetry

Poets

Artists

Bookstores

Libraries

Knowing I could be wrong about things

Tolerance

Acceptance

Imagination

Writers who actually write instead of just talk about it

Art supplies

People who read

People who read novels and short stories

Literary journals

Young people who refuse to follow the herd

Old people who refuse to follow the herd

Anyone who dares to be different

Independent publishing

Writers who are empowered

Good editors

Belief in myself

Readers, readers, readers

Gratitude

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What gives you hope in life? What would you add to the list?

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