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Good News Tuesday: Notes on a Bridge, Paid Leave for NZ Domestic Violence Victims, and Help with Yard Work in Miami

18 year old Paige Hunter has saved lives by leaving notes of hope on the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland, UK.

 

New Zealand votes to allow paid domestic violence leave to help victims seek safety. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/26/new-zealand-paid-domestic-violence-leave-jan-logie

 

Instead of a citation, this man gets help with his overgrown yard:

There’s a lot of good news happening all over the world. Spread the word and bring balance.

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Hope Lives On in the Stream of Consciousness

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is, “your favorite word.”

Just one? Then it would have to be hope. But I also like petrichor (the scent of rain on the earth), evergreen, moon, nooma ( wind/spirit/breath), stardust….. But hope is my favorite.

Hope gets us to keep going when we want to give up. If you have trouble finding faith, look for hope. Hope can lead you to faith, or at least hope can help us believe in the possibility that things are going to work out.

As we – as I get older, I think of all the times that I didn’t know how I would get through something – giving up my dog when I was 11, my boyfriend moving when I was 16, the divorce, the rebound from hell, my teenage daughter’s meltdowns, the deaths of family members. But as time passed, and I saw that I did get through all those things, I came to believe that I could get through just about anything life could throw at me. Of course there may be gnashing of teeth, wailing, whining, fist shaking, despair…. But hope grows with each challenging life event, especially when things turn out better than I could have imagined.

Can I apply this personal hope to hope for our world? That’s a little harder. Sometimes I do feel despair at the current political and environmental climate. I wonder how we humans can be so enlightened and full of goodness at times and be so violent and ignorant at others. But I cannot live without hope. Well, I suppose I could live. But I don’t want to live without hope. Hope is something I can have. We can nurture hope in ourselves.

Hope floats above the garbage and turns it into compost. Hope makes us try again tomorrow, or next week. Hope could be contagious. Wouldn’t that be something to hope for?

For more favorite words in the Stream of Consciousness, visit Linda Hill at

https://lindaghill.com/2018/06/01/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-2-18/

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Here are Stream of Consciousness Rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

(The hopeful seedling photo is from Pixabay)

 


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Working Together

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Today, I offer two stories about two men working together:

1. After many years at war, the leaders of North and South Korea met in person for the first time on April 27th and agreed to work together for peace! No matter what happens, this gives me hope that the hardest hearts can become open to peace and healing.

2. After the accident, Willie Burnman was told he would never never walk or even move his limbs again. But he got a little feeling in his toes. Then he met Jeff, the YMCA intern. Watch what happened:

https://www.wfmynews2.com/video/news/two-men-form-unlikely-but-inspiring-brotherhood/291-8109373

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In personal good news, I’m having the bathroom in my parents’ house redone – new tub, new sink, new toilet, new floor! The not so good news is I’ll have limited internet access there, so I won’t be on WP much this week. But the good news in that is, I’m going to work on de-cluttering and writing.   

I hope the week brings you good news and sweet surprises!

 


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I’m Thankful I Didn’t Walk In Front of a Truck.

“The Suicide Note” at Manifesto Amelioration   reminded me that I thought about suicide when I was 20 years old.

It was in the late 70s, after high school when my codependency emerged full force. The guy I’d been dating was not a good fit. But I didn’t get it. Depressed, I dropped out of college, worked in nowhere jobs, and drank more I should have.

I had no active suicide plan, just thoughts about leaving work at the pizza place where I washed dishes with tears dripping into the sink, and walking in front of a truck. I thought about it more than once. Because my stupid boyfriend didn’t love me anymore, and life wasn’t working out at all like I planned.

What stopped me was that I didn’t want to hurt my parents. My little sister had been killed by a drunk driver less than two years earlier. The night she died, my father, the strongest man I’ve ever known, sat in his chair shaking his head and holding a cigarette for the first time in years. I felt his agony.  Even then, I knew that losing one child was a horrible burden for any parent to bear. I would not add to their pain.

I didn’t know how hard my parents were praying for me when I was 20. And that angels were watching over me, sometimes peeking though their fingers, shaking their heads in disbelief as I meandered along the edge of sanity.  I did not walk in front of any trucks, but I did put myself in some risky situations.

Thank you, angels.

 

Angel from Pixabay

Putting one wobbly, angel nudged foot in front of the other, I got over the boyfriend who was never a good fit. I had other boyfriends. I got married, graduated from college, and had two children. There was more heartbreak, but there were joys, too. Big joys. And lots of lessons. Today, my life is better than I could have ever imagined.

My point is that when I was 20 years old and thought about suicide, I didn’t know that the best years of my life were waiting for me.

Hope is always with us, waiting patiently. It gets better.

1-800-273-8255 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

It ain’t over yet.

 

(The angel photo is from pixabay.)


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MOTHER EARTH

There’s still hope for Mother Earth. Re-blogging this heartfelt plea.

FOLLOW YOUR HEART

Hello Everyone ! How are you all doing ? I just wanted to share with you some thoughts about the beautiful mother that provides life to us – our beautiful earth. I think it is important that each one of us need to be aware of our responsibilities to our environment and to contribute in some way to the well-being of our environment.

Have you ever wondered how life would be without Mother Earth. Earth that is so beautiful and breathtaking and a sight to behold. That sustains us and provides us, nurtures us and protects us like her own. O you wonderful earthlings did you forget that we would not have a life so ecstatic and wonderful , if we did not have her as our own. We want to scale her and measure her and try to know what lies deep inside, And we are always wondering how…

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Like an Adolescent Girl Approaching Menopause

Song Lyric Sunday

It was years ago, after the rebound from hell, after stumbling around in purgatory, as I entered my unintenional five years of celibacy, that I was crazy about the girl band, Superchick. Their style was aimed at adolescent girls and had subtle Christian undertones. That must have been what I needed back in those post-divorce years. In some ways, I was like a adolescent girl, approaching menopause, trying to find myself again.

“Beauty for Pain” in particular helped pull me out of darkness and gave me hope.

The chorus is my favorite part:

After all this has passed, I still will remain
After I’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today, someday I’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

Today’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday was, “pain.” For more information, visit Helen at:

https://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/song-lyric-sunday-theme-for-42317/


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simply settled

Finding hope in Julie’s message. I hope you will, too.

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The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
Thomas Merton

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(cattail / Julie Cook / 2016)

I posed a question yesterday…
or actually… A.W. Tozer posed the question…

the question being…
“what do you think of Christ and what are you going to do about him…”

And maybe that’s two question in one…

However…
in that simple question lies the cusp of everything…
everything in a compact little nutshell.
The true bottom line.

For you see…
the question here isn’t about religion….
It isn’t about debates…
It isn’t about doctrine…
It isn’t about being an atheist
It isn’t about being agnostic
It isn’t about faith…

This is a question about one thing and one thing only.

Jesus Christ.

Nothing that has followed.
Nothing that has preceded.
Nothing that has resulted over the continuum of mankind…

With the only sole issue in the question, which is of relevant importance…

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