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This was really awesome, “Realistically Hopeful in A Depressing World” Go check out “Blue skies and Green Pastures,” she writes some good stuff.

I’m one of those recovering cynics of all bitterness and despair, plumb full of negative thinking, forever calculating the worse case scenario. I like to call myself a skeptic extraordinaire. You can’t disappoint me, I have now arrived at the state of zero expectations for anything good happening, ever.

Ah, but I’m in recovery and God is good, so faithful! Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” So the Lord has been working on my cynicism, bitterness, and sarcasm for about 20 years now. Probably much longer than that, but I joined in with His efforts and decided to actively participate a few decades ago.

So I often have to retrain by brain, also known as “renewing your mind,” and go seek out truth and beauty, some of the world’s joy with the same determination and obsession that some of us seek out news reports that confirm our negative biases. Yep, see this, the world really is going to hell in a handbasket, and here’s the proof.….

I love facts and figures, cross references, and Venn diagrams. I stopped using them a while back when I realized God wanted me to live in the present more, in His presence, to receive the joy He offers at any given moment, and to let go of control and embrace a bit more wonder and awe. So, “realistically hopeful in a depressing world.”

Something that really helps is gratitude, massive buckets of it. Sometimes I express gratitude just out of sheer spite. I like to deflate the enemy. I imagine all the stale air just going out of him like an old balloon as he shrinks and shrivels up. So, go find something good in the world to obsess over, to chase after, to ruminate on.