Monday, July 04, 2011

Monday Mood: Hope

The mood for today is hope. Hope is defined as the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Not to confuse it with positive thinking (where one uses such thinking in order to avoid a pessimistic attitude), hope is a feeling of good things coming, despite a bad situation.

A huge movement of hope is hitting our nation through the It Gets Better Project created by the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a suicide prevention hotline aimed at helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth find alternatives to suicide. It Gets Better Project is aimed at providing hope to the downtrodden, sending out the message that no matter your situation, it can and will get better. People all over the world have uploaded messages of hope for those suffering from bullying and identity issues, urging people in need to reach out to the community for help.

President Obama has lent his voice to the movement of hope. He has taken a stance against bullying, saying:

We've got to dispel this myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage; that it's just some inevitable part of growing up. It's not. We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our kids. And for every young person out there you need to know that if you're in trouble, there are caring adults who can help.

Hope is something we as a world-wide community need. Find what gives you hope and share it with the world. Make a video for the It Gets Better Project. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter or veteran's home. Give back where you can, and you can help give hope to the world.

Happy 4th of July!

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