hope over despair

It’s easy to read the news on climate change and think we’re totally f*cked. Especially if, like me, you live in the Midwest, where even believing it’s happening seems to put you in some conspiratorial minority.

We may be totally f*cked—that might even be highly likely—but what happens if we flip the script of despair and focus on the opportunities of this moment?

This week on The Commons, I did an experiment. Find three awesome stories and forget the bad news. I did this not because I’m feeling particularly hopeful, but because I’m feeling the opposite. I intended to delude us all for a week and then get back to the real, “we’re totally f*cked!”, hopeless stuff.

Here’s the thing: when I started putting the email together, I realized that seeking out only the positives was changing my perspective. Instead of getting bogged down by all the negative headlines, the ones that seem to outnumber the positive stories by 10 to 1, I started to notice good stuff happening all around this movement.

Newsflash: there’s a ton of great progress happening, if we only tune into it.