— Thomas Carlyle
1795 - 1881
Hope is a crucial ingredient to leading the creative life. Without hope we have no reason for living. There is little meaning to life. Hope is the breath of life. Breathe deeply and you will live a much happier life. In these troubled economic times it is easy to become discouraged. Read some history and you will learn that this too shall pass. Nothing stays the same; everything will change. In the 1970's with the emergence of a united OPEC, gas prices soared higher than they are today if you take inflation into account. We lived through a period of years of high inflation with interest rates running in the teens. Today you can get a mortgage interest rate of under 4%. This too shall pass. Have hope. Believe in your future and the world's future. Read the history of the Great Depression and/or the novel, The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck and be grateful that you are living in these times. Cultivate an attitude of hope.