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What Gives You Hope?

Introduced: December 20 2011

As we go forward in 2012, IWD is asking members:  What is one thing that makes you hopeful for the future?


 


This can be a person, an organization, an event, a circumstance, a story, a world development -- or a sleeping puppy -- etc. It can be personal, philosophical, political. Make your response as brief or as detailed as you like. This will make an encouraging dialogue to read as we go forward in the new year.

Dialogue on What Gives You Hope?
315:

Since this topic was presented on IWD, I find myself on the lookout for hopeful things. Today, there was a really great item on the news about a high school girl who was running a race at a track meet. She'd already won a race earlier in the day, but was having trouble in this race. Falling to the back of the pack, she came up on a girl from another team who was having even more trouble with cramps in her legs or something. Instead of passing her, she put her arms around her and almost carried her to the finish line. THAT gives me hope.

232:

I felt particularly charged up when the young woman took on Bank of America when they tried to charge a $5 ATM fee -- and she won. I think she surprised herself! She started it all through an online petition at www.change.org which has a number of other petitions running.



Note from IWD: The woman was 21-year-old Molly Katchpole and her petition on Change.org generated more than 306,000 signatures in one month.

161:

I feel hopeful when I see people crossing over the usually boundaries to help each other -- like member 094 pointed out about Americans saving the Iranian sailors. Here's another example. A group named Operation Blessing International, that operates out of Virginia, had 19 boats made and gave them to Japanese fishermen who lost their boats in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. There are 10 more boats on the way.

222:

Back to the Italian cruise ship whose captain was so irresponsible...On the other side of the spectrum was the man in charge of operations at the Port Authority. What gives me hope about him is the way he (Captain De Falco) told the ship's captain to "Get back aboard! Damn it!" -- he was steadfast in his understanding of what duty required and unequivocal about making that captain accountable for what he was doing. It's hopeful to see someone be clear-headed and certain in this world of shades of gray and excuse-making!

114:

The next generation of rational, young adults who appear to be listening very thoughtfully and helping to make decisions to improve our country. They are also becoming involved at a much younger age quite possibly because they realize their futures depend on their being actively involved especially in the political process. We need new, fresh-thinking adults to assume these roles. It makes me proud to know so many of them. This gives me hope during this current, economical and political climate we are all experiencing.

331:

The economy seems to be getting better and better each month. Unemployement numbers are showing signs of improvement. Economists are projecting stronger figures for the rest of this year. One my close friends who had been out of work since last June just found a wonderful job. Companies seem to be investing in people again. Overall, I think we still need to be cautious, but I'm optimistic.

030:

Hopeful ... political but guess it is that with all the dialogue crossing the nation the majority of citizens will gather enough factual knowledge to provide long range vision to make an informed choice in leadership for the country our grandchildren will inherit. Hopefully, substance will replace slogans...facts replace spin...and the only thing that is redistributed is opportunity for independence.

105:

I find the information given in the Dec. 6 IWDialogue a reason for hope: In spite of economic hard times, the crime rate is actually down.

188:

This question about the future makes songs run through my head like, "I believe that children are the future..." I do believe it and my amazing 9-year old nephew is who popped into my mind when prompted by "This can be a person..." He is an active, healthy, happy kid, wicked smart (he told me last week that he wanted to go to MIT or Stanford) and he is kind and friendly to all (we call him "The Mayor"). What's even better is that his world is filled with kids from cultures and families that are very different from his own background. So if he's the future - a smart, kind, tolerant engineer/mayor - then it looks pretty hopeful to me.

239:

A sign of compromise among our nation’s leaders. The health care/contraception question. Although not everyone was happy with the compromise, it seemed hopeful that the administration was willing to go to “plan B” after hearing outrage from some members of Congress and their constituents.

170:

Elizabeth Smart married – a testament to resilience!

031:

It is a clearly stated question: “what gives me hope for the new year?” So why did I spent so much time trying to answer it? In my head, I drafted many complex replies. I kept coming back to the simplicity of the question, and my answers seemed like overkill. Then I saw a sign hanging in a restroom on a golf course. You know, one of those flowery embroidered sayings our mothers always quoted. The words of this sign gave me my answer: LIVE FOR TODAY HOPE FOR TOMORROW.


 I know “what gives me hope”. I give it to myself. It comes from within. I like that sign.

094:

There have been several examples of enemies acting like friends – the U.S. sailors rescuing Iranian sailors from Somalian pirates. And Serbian helicopters bringing needed supplies to Bosnia villages stranded in a giant snowstorm.

007:

My 13-year old daughter's interest in shaping the world. She has been moved by tragedies to raise awareness and organize fundraisers for the victims. Also, she has an unusual interest in politics... from trying to understand the political platforms and motivations behind the talking points, to cheering on her favorite politicians (which include President Obama and Ron Paul) to the dismay of her conservative classmates. So often we hear about the apathy of today's youth. I'm glad to see my daughter challenging the stereotype.

282:

I read that the one-child policy in China may be coming to an end because of the overabundance of boys. I find that hopeful for two reasons: Hopeful for girls after years and years when female babies were aborted or abandoned because the culture values boys over girls – and couples who could only have one child didn’t want it to be a girl. And hopeful because it appears that the lopsided society has ramifications for their economy and may be a flaw in their superiority.

262:

I'm very glad you asked this question. I've recently been having a discussion with the women I work with about the amount of negativity in the world today. We experience it so often, and although I hate to admit it, I'm certain I dish out more than my fair share. I'm so thankful we noticed and decided to act more positively as a group. It's tough at times, but we're trying and it's made work so much more fun.

 

When I stopped to look around, I noticed that although we are barraged by negativity in general, my workplace is remarkably upbeat. This is the one thing that gives me hope.

 

Our positivism is surprising in that I work in construction, an industry that took a direct hit from the economic slow down and continues to flounder. In spite of all that, mostly, and in spite of many lay offs, we're in there slugging away with smiles and positive energy. This makes me proud to market our services, as I have to think people who enjoy what they do are going to build better, safer, cleaner and smarter buildings than those who are progressing within a cloud of negative energy.

 

I feel lucky to be surrounded by people who take pride in their work and in doing the right thing for the right reasons. So much publicity is spent proclaiming the wrongs of businesses large and small. Far too little time and energy is spent on showcasing the achievements of those businesses who exhibit solid business ethics and promote a positive working culture.

 

In spite of the lack of information about the good guys out there, I have to think that many exist. To use a bit of a gross analogy, it's like cockroaches; where there's one you know there are many lurking. Turning that negative image on it's head; if I know of at least one solid, medium-sized company because I work here, I have to think that indicates there are many others lurking out there. I imagine we're all quietly slugging away doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do and making a quiet little profit all the while.

012:

Hope is the dog that rescued his family from a burning building.

213:

We had to wait until January to hear it – but having the country add 250,000 jobs in December is a very good thing. Having the stock market respond by going up, is a hopeful thing for our IRAs.



Note from IWD: If improving economic statistics give you reason to hope, you must have been even more hopeful the week of March 12, 2012. As the IWD web site prepared to launch, the Nazdaq Composite Index rose 1.9% to close at above 3000 for the first time since late 2000; the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its highest level since late 2007, and the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index surged to a level it hasn't reached since mid-2008. The events that caused these stock surges were also hopeful -- retail sales were up and the Federal Reserve expressed more optimism about the economy.

321:

I think there’s hope for our society if big book publishers are refusing to pay Casey Anthony for her disgusting life story.

136:

I find hope in nature, the size of our country, the variety of its landscape. There is a timeless, limitless quality to it that makes me feel that we are just experiencing a speck of trouble.

186:

It's not a matter of politics, economics or world affairs. For me, it's the continuity of the next generation, watching them lead good, purposeful lives. I find encouragement in the stability and affirmation of life that I see in the lives of my son and his family. I see my son happily married to a good, caring woman who loves him and who is a natural at being a mom. I watch as he begins medical school, knowing he will one day be helping so many people. I am heartened as I watch them welcome their baby daughter, and I am in awe of another new, young life, growing and changing with each passing day. And despite all the hard work and responsibilities they're undertaking, they still have a sense of joy and compassion for others. They make time to travel together and to experience other cultures. They seem to have found a balance between work and play, between being anchored and yet still exploring the world around them. There is a sense of continuity as I watch them, in turn, watching their own next generation begin. I trust the core values they live by.

075:

My hope for the future is to get our country back to what our Constitution stands for.

043:

We have not heard from Sarah Palin for a long time. Can’t beat that for hopeful.

063:

What singularly gives me hope in the New Year 2012 is.... the love in my son and new daughter-in-law's eyes when they look at eachother..ahhhh, it has been 34 years since I was a newlywed and my husband and I get chills just looking at our happy new married children !! Also...what gives me hope for 2012....a very dear friend has overcome a frightening cancer diagnosis, completed chemo and radation, and has been told she is cancer-free !!! She and I are filled with gratitude for doctors, caring nurses and wonderful medical advancements in cancer treatments. Take some time to be grateful for what you have...good friends, family, and hopefully your health !!

315:

Since this topic was presented on IWD, I find myself on the lookout for hopeful things. Today, there was a really great item on the news about a high school girl who was running a race at a track meet. She'd already won a race earlier in the day, but was having trouble in this race. Falling to the back of the pack, she came up on a girl from another team who was having even more trouble with cramps in her legs or something. Instead of passing her, she put her arms around her and almost carried her to the finish line. THAT gives me hope.

232:

I felt particularly charged up when the young woman took on Bank of America when they tried to charge a $5 ATM fee -- and she won. I think she surprised herself! She started it all through an online petition at www.change.org which has a number of other petitions running.



Note from IWD: The woman was 21-year-old Molly Katchpole and her petition on Change.org generated more than 306,000 signatures in one month.

161:

I feel hopeful when I see people crossing over the usually boundaries to help each other -- like member 094 pointed out about Americans saving the Iranian sailors. Here's another example. A group named Operation Blessing International, that operates out of Virginia, had 19 boats made and gave them to Japanese fishermen who lost their boats in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. There are 10 more boats on the way.

222:

Back to the Italian cruise ship whose captain was so irresponsible...On the other side of the spectrum was the man in charge of operations at the Port Authority. What gives me hope about him is the way he (Captain De Falco) told the ship's captain to "Get back aboard! Damn it!" -- he was steadfast in his understanding of what duty required and unequivocal about making that captain accountable for what he was doing. It's hopeful to see someone be clear-headed and certain in this world of shades of gray and excuse-making!

114:

The next generation of rational, young adults who appear to be listening very thoughtfully and helping to make decisions to improve our country. They are also becoming involved at a much younger age quite possibly because they realize their futures depend on their being actively involved especially in the political process. We need new, fresh-thinking adults to assume these roles. It makes me proud to know so many of them. This gives me hope during this current, economical and political climate we are all experiencing.

331:

The economy seems to be getting better and better each month. Unemployement numbers are showing signs of improvement. Economists are projecting stronger figures for the rest of this year. One my close friends who had been out of work since last June just found a wonderful job. Companies seem to be investing in people again. Overall, I think we still need to be cautious, but I'm optimistic.

030:

Hopeful ... political but guess it is that with all the dialogue crossing the nation the majority of citizens will gather enough factual knowledge to provide long range vision to make an informed choice in leadership for the country our grandchildren will inherit. Hopefully, substance will replace slogans...facts replace spin...and the only thing that is redistributed is opportunity for independence.

105:

I find the information given in the Dec. 6 IWDialogue a reason for hope: In spite of economic hard times, the crime rate is actually down.

188:

This question about the future makes songs run through my head like, "I believe that children are the future..." I do believe it and my amazing 9-year old nephew is who popped into my mind when prompted by "This can be a person..." He is an active, healthy, happy kid, wicked smart (he told me last week that he wanted to go to MIT or Stanford) and he is kind and friendly to all (we call him "The Mayor"). What's even better is that his world is filled with kids from cultures and families that are very different from his own background. So if he's the future - a smart, kind, tolerant engineer/mayor - then it looks pretty hopeful to me.

239:

A sign of compromise among our nation’s leaders. The health care/contraception question. Although not everyone was happy with the compromise, it seemed hopeful that the administration was willing to go to “plan B” after hearing outrage from some members of Congress and their constituents.

170:

Elizabeth Smart married – a testament to resilience!

031:

It is a clearly stated question: “what gives me hope for the new year?” So why did I spent so much time trying to answer it? In my head, I drafted many complex replies. I kept coming back to the simplicity of the question, and my answers seemed like overkill. Then I saw a sign hanging in a restroom on a golf course. You know, one of those flowery embroidered sayings our mothers always quoted. The words of this sign gave me my answer: LIVE FOR TODAY HOPE FOR TOMORROW.


 I know “what gives me hope”. I give it to myself. It comes from within. I like that sign.

094:

There have been several examples of enemies acting like friends – the U.S. sailors rescuing Iranian sailors from Somalian pirates. And Serbian helicopters bringing needed supplies to Bosnia villages stranded in a giant snowstorm.

007:

My 13-year old daughter's interest in shaping the world. She has been moved by tragedies to raise awareness and organize fundraisers for the victims. Also, she has an unusual interest in politics... from trying to understand the political platforms and motivations behind the talking points, to cheering on her favorite politicians (which include President Obama and Ron Paul) to the dismay of her conservative classmates. So often we hear about the apathy of today's youth. I'm glad to see my daughter challenging the stereotype.

282:

I read that the one-child policy in China may be coming to an end because of the overabundance of boys. I find that hopeful for two reasons: Hopeful for girls after years and years when female babies were aborted or abandoned because the culture values boys over girls – and couples who could only have one child didn’t want it to be a girl. And hopeful because it appears that the lopsided society has ramifications for their economy and may be a flaw in their superiority.

262:

I'm very glad you asked this question. I've recently been having a discussion with the women I work with about the amount of negativity in the world today. We experience it so often, and although I hate to admit it, I'm certain I dish out more than my fair share. I'm so thankful we noticed and decided to act more positively as a group. It's tough at times, but we're trying and it's made work so much more fun.

 

When I stopped to look around, I noticed that although we are barraged by negativity in general, my workplace is remarkably upbeat. This is the one thing that gives me hope.

 

Our positivism is surprising in that I work in construction, an industry that took a direct hit from the economic slow down and continues to flounder. In spite of all that, mostly, and in spite of many lay offs, we're in there slugging away with smiles and positive energy. This makes me proud to market our services, as I have to think people who enjoy what they do are going to build better, safer, cleaner and smarter buildings than those who are progressing within a cloud of negative energy.

 

I feel lucky to be surrounded by people who take pride in their work and in doing the right thing for the right reasons. So much publicity is spent proclaiming the wrongs of businesses large and small. Far too little time and energy is spent on showcasing the achievements of those businesses who exhibit solid business ethics and promote a positive working culture.

 

In spite of the lack of information about the good guys out there, I have to think that many exist. To use a bit of a gross analogy, it's like cockroaches; where there's one you know there are many lurking. Turning that negative image on it's head; if I know of at least one solid, medium-sized company because I work here, I have to think that indicates there are many others lurking out there. I imagine we're all quietly slugging away doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do and making a quiet little profit all the while.

012:

Hope is the dog that rescued his family from a burning building.

213:

We had to wait until January to hear it – but having the country add 250,000 jobs in December is a very good thing. Having the stock market respond by going up, is a hopeful thing for our IRAs.



Note from IWD: If improving economic statistics give you reason to hope, you must have been even more hopeful the week of March 12, 2012. As the IWD web site prepared to launch, the Nazdaq Composite Index rose 1.9% to close at above 3000 for the first time since late 2000; the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its highest level since late 2007, and the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index surged to a level it hasn't reached since mid-2008. The events that caused these stock surges were also hopeful -- retail sales were up and the Federal Reserve expressed more optimism about the economy.

321:

I think there’s hope for our society if big book publishers are refusing to pay Casey Anthony for her disgusting life story.

136:

I find hope in nature, the size of our country, the variety of its landscape. There is a timeless, limitless quality to it that makes me feel that we are just experiencing a speck of trouble.

186:

It's not a matter of politics, economics or world affairs. For me, it's the continuity of the next generation, watching them lead good, purposeful lives. I find encouragement in the stability and affirmation of life that I see in the lives of my son and his family. I see my son happily married to a good, caring woman who loves him and who is a natural at being a mom. I watch as he begins medical school, knowing he will one day be helping so many people. I am heartened as I watch them welcome their baby daughter, and I am in awe of another new, young life, growing and changing with each passing day. And despite all the hard work and responsibilities they're undertaking, they still have a sense of joy and compassion for others. They make time to travel together and to experience other cultures. They seem to have found a balance between work and play, between being anchored and yet still exploring the world around them. There is a sense of continuity as I watch them, in turn, watching their own next generation begin. I trust the core values they live by.

075:

My hope for the future is to get our country back to what our Constitution stands for.

043:

We have not heard from Sarah Palin for a long time. Can’t beat that for hopeful.

063:

What singularly gives me hope in the New Year 2012 is.... the love in my son and new daughter-in-law's eyes when they look at eachother..ahhhh, it has been 34 years since I was a newlywed and my husband and I get chills just looking at our happy new married children !! Also...what gives me hope for 2012....a very dear friend has overcome a frightening cancer diagnosis, completed chemo and radation, and has been told she is cancer-free !!! She and I are filled with gratitude for doctors, caring nurses and wonderful medical advancements in cancer treatments. Take some time to be grateful for what you have...good friends, family, and hopefully your health !!

063:

What singularly gives me hope in the New Year 2012 is.... the love in my son and new daughter-in-law's eyes when they look at eachother..ahhhh, it has been 34 years since I was a newlywed and my husband and I get chills just looking at our happy new married children !! Also...what gives me hope for 2012....a very dear friend has overcome a frightening cancer diagnosis, completed chemo and radation, and has been told she is cancer-free !!! She and I are filled with gratitude for doctors, caring nurses and wonderful medical advancements in cancer treatments. Take some time to be grateful for what you have...good friends, family, and hopefully your health !!

043:

We have not heard from Sarah Palin for a long time. Can’t beat that for hopeful.

075:

My hope for the future is to get our country back to what our Constitution stands for.

186:

It's not a matter of politics, economics or world affairs. For me, it's the continuity of the next generation, watching them lead good, purposeful lives. I find encouragement in the stability and affirmation of life that I see in the lives of my son and his family. I see my son happily married to a good, caring woman who loves him and who is a natural at being a mom. I watch as he begins medical school, knowing he will one day be helping so many people. I am heartened as I watch them welcome their baby daughter, and I am in awe of another new, young life, growing and changing with each passing day. And despite all the hard work and responsibilities they're undertaking, they still have a sense of joy and compassion for others. They make time to travel together and to experience other cultures. They seem to have found a balance between work and play, between being anchored and yet still exploring the world around them. There is a sense of continuity as I watch them, in turn, watching their own next generation begin. I trust the core values they live by.

136:

I find hope in nature, the size of our country, the variety of its landscape. There is a timeless, limitless quality to it that makes me feel that we are just experiencing a speck of trouble.

321:

I think there’s hope for our society if big book publishers are refusing to pay Casey Anthony for her disgusting life story.

213:

We had to wait until January to hear it – but having the country add 250,000 jobs in December is a very good thing. Having the stock market respond by going up, is a hopeful thing for our IRAs.



Note from IWD: If improving economic statistics give you reason to hope, you must have been even more hopeful the week of March 12, 2012. As the IWD web site prepared to launch, the Nazdaq Composite Index rose 1.9% to close at above 3000 for the first time since late 2000; the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its highest level since late 2007, and the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index surged to a level it hasn't reached since mid-2008. The events that caused these stock surges were also hopeful -- retail sales were up and the Federal Reserve expressed more optimism about the economy.

012:

Hope is the dog that rescued his family from a burning building.

262:

I'm very glad you asked this question. I've recently been having a discussion with the women I work with about the amount of negativity in the world today. We experience it so often, and although I hate to admit it, I'm certain I dish out more than my fair share. I'm so thankful we noticed and decided to act more positively as a group. It's tough at times, but we're trying and it's made work so much more fun.

 

When I stopped to look around, I noticed that although we are barraged by negativity in general, my workplace is remarkably upbeat. This is the one thing that gives me hope.

 

Our positivism is surprising in that I work in construction, an industry that took a direct hit from the economic slow down and continues to flounder. In spite of all that, mostly, and in spite of many lay offs, we're in there slugging away with smiles and positive energy. This makes me proud to market our services, as I have to think people who enjoy what they do are going to build better, safer, cleaner and smarter buildings than those who are progressing within a cloud of negative energy.

 

I feel lucky to be surrounded by people who take pride in their work and in doing the right thing for the right reasons. So much publicity is spent proclaiming the wrongs of businesses large and small. Far too little time and energy is spent on showcasing the achievements of those businesses who exhibit solid business ethics and promote a positive working culture.

 

In spite of the lack of information about the good guys out there, I have to think that many exist. To use a bit of a gross analogy, it's like cockroaches; where there's one you know there are many lurking. Turning that negative image on it's head; if I know of at least one solid, medium-sized company because I work here, I have to think that indicates there are many others lurking out there. I imagine we're all quietly slugging away doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do and making a quiet little profit all the while.

282:

I read that the one-child policy in China may be coming to an end because of the overabundance of boys. I find that hopeful for two reasons: Hopeful for girls after years and years when female babies were aborted or abandoned because the culture values boys over girls – and couples who could only have one child didn’t want it to be a girl. And hopeful because it appears that the lopsided society has ramifications for their economy and may be a flaw in their superiority.

007:

My 13-year old daughter's interest in shaping the world. She has been moved by tragedies to raise awareness and organize fundraisers for the victims. Also, she has an unusual interest in politics... from trying to understand the political platforms and motivations behind the talking points, to cheering on her favorite politicians (which include President Obama and Ron Paul) to the dismay of her conservative classmates. So often we hear about the apathy of today's youth. I'm glad to see my daughter challenging the stereotype.

094:

There have been several examples of enemies acting like friends – the U.S. sailors rescuing Iranian sailors from Somalian pirates. And Serbian helicopters bringing needed supplies to Bosnia villages stranded in a giant snowstorm.

031:

It is a clearly stated question: “what gives me hope for the new year?” So why did I spent so much time trying to answer it? In my head, I drafted many complex replies. I kept coming back to the simplicity of the question, and my answers seemed like overkill. Then I saw a sign hanging in a restroom on a golf course. You know, one of those flowery embroidered sayings our mothers always quoted. The words of this sign gave me my answer: LIVE FOR TODAY HOPE FOR TOMORROW.


 I know “what gives me hope”. I give it to myself. It comes from within. I like that sign.

170:

Elizabeth Smart married – a testament to resilience!

239:

A sign of compromise among our nation’s leaders. The health care/contraception question. Although not everyone was happy with the compromise, it seemed hopeful that the administration was willing to go to “plan B” after hearing outrage from some members of Congress and their constituents.

188:

This question about the future makes songs run through my head like, "I believe that children are the future..." I do believe it and my amazing 9-year old nephew is who popped into my mind when prompted by "This can be a person..." He is an active, healthy, happy kid, wicked smart (he told me last week that he wanted to go to MIT or Stanford) and he is kind and friendly to all (we call him "The Mayor"). What's even better is that his world is filled with kids from cultures and families that are very different from his own background. So if he's the future - a smart, kind, tolerant engineer/mayor - then it looks pretty hopeful to me.

105:

I find the information given in the Dec. 6 IWDialogue a reason for hope: In spite of economic hard times, the crime rate is actually down.

030:

Hopeful ... political but guess it is that with all the dialogue crossing the nation the majority of citizens will gather enough factual knowledge to provide long range vision to make an informed choice in leadership for the country our grandchildren will inherit. Hopefully, substance will replace slogans...facts replace spin...and the only thing that is redistributed is opportunity for independence.

331:

The economy seems to be getting better and better each month. Unemployement numbers are showing signs of improvement. Economists are projecting stronger figures for the rest of this year. One my close friends who had been out of work since last June just found a wonderful job. Companies seem to be investing in people again. Overall, I think we still need to be cautious, but I'm optimistic.

114:

The next generation of rational, young adults who appear to be listening very thoughtfully and helping to make decisions to improve our country. They are also becoming involved at a much younger age quite possibly because they realize their futures depend on their being actively involved especially in the political process. We need new, fresh-thinking adults to assume these roles. It makes me proud to know so many of them. This gives me hope during this current, economical and political climate we are all experiencing.

222:

Back to the Italian cruise ship whose captain was so irresponsible...On the other side of the spectrum was the man in charge of operations at the Port Authority. What gives me hope about him is the way he (Captain De Falco) told the ship's captain to "Get back aboard! Damn it!" -- he was steadfast in his understanding of what duty required and unequivocal about making that captain accountable for what he was doing. It's hopeful to see someone be clear-headed and certain in this world of shades of gray and excuse-making!

161:

I feel hopeful when I see people crossing over the usually boundaries to help each other -- like member 094 pointed out about Americans saving the Iranian sailors. Here's another example. A group named Operation Blessing International, that operates out of Virginia, had 19 boats made and gave them to Japanese fishermen who lost their boats in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. There are 10 more boats on the way.

232:

I felt particularly charged up when the young woman took on Bank of America when they tried to charge a $5 ATM fee -- and she won. I think she surprised herself! She started it all through an online petition at www.change.org which has a number of other petitions running.



Note from IWD: The woman was 21-year-old Molly Katchpole and her petition on Change.org generated more than 306,000 signatures in one month.

315:

Since this topic was presented on IWD, I find myself on the lookout for hopeful things. Today, there was a really great item on the news about a high school girl who was running a race at a track meet. She'd already won a race earlier in the day, but was having trouble in this race. Falling to the back of the pack, she came up on a girl from another team who was having even more trouble with cramps in her legs or something. Instead of passing her, she put her arms around her and almost carried her to the finish line. THAT gives me hope.

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