Some days I’m more hopeful than others.  How about you?  Some days you do need to see Winnie the Pooh animated dancing to just take a deep breath.  Here’s the link — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOeT6LBLkMU

I’ve been thinking a lot about wreckage.  I often thought of it in terms of cars (my mother died in a wreck when I was 2 1/2.) or ships or airplanes.  I haven’t often thought of it in people’s lives.  We all have a bit of wreckage in our lives I think.  It may look like a bad day to some and it may look like a bad life.  We’ve been helping people in a particular situation right now and it’s the first time in 21 years that I’ve had pushback about the people we help.  Well, guess what….if we didn’t help people with wreckage in their lives, what are we doing all day?  United Way is safe harbor to help people in need.  You give.  You know you did a good thing.  And people are helped.  You don’t have to know them.  I know this can sound like a rant.  It’s not.  It’s just saying that we help people every day who have some wreckage.  It can be longer term; it can be shorter term.  It can be an episode or chronic.  And sometimes it is only because of their birth that they need help.  A 5-month old burned out of a building isn’t a bad person.  When does that shift?  Even in the midst of all this, I remain hopeful for a brighter future in our community.  People heal.  Wounds heal, some take a lot of time.  And yet, there is a chance always.  I believe opportunity is limited for some people.  I believe potential is unlimited for all of us.  That’s why I’m always hopeful.  This day, this week, this year, I’m going with hope.  Come along.  Cheerio,