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The Bright Side: Keeping the faith

Keeping the faith.

Sometimes you just have to believe things will work out.

My friend had pretty much lost hope a postcard she had sent me on a recent holiday would ever reach me, especially since her other friends had received theirs weeks before.

“It must have gotten lost in the mail,” she had said apologetically.

I, on the other hand, smiled and relaxed. Deep down, I believed I would see the card yet.

Sure enough, the day after speaking with my friend, there was the “lost” postcard waiting for me in my mailbox.

Faith — I hold on tightly to every ounce I can, because I have learnt that coupled with the hard work needed to make positive changes, I need to have faith in the work that I do trying to protect the dwindling shark population in Lombok, Indonesia, while finding more sustainable ways for the fisherman to earn a livelihood.

Things can get incredibly hard, and so much appears impossible.

Small victories

So with each success, no matter how small, like when I received that postcard against all odds, I am reminded of the power of faith to keep me smiling and fighting on.

Sometimes that is the saddest thing that human beings can experience: indifference.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that people should blindly and irrationally believe in magic that can make things happen without hard work.

There is still a need to weigh the risks and to plough through the grind of doing the work. Without the passion to ignite belief, however, we may not progress as far as we can.

The point is that we have to keep doing what we can and let hope and faith take us those extra steps forward.

And yes, most times doing good is not black and white, but it doesn’t mean we should stop trying and stop doing.

Guarding against indifference

I was on the train the other day and became frustrated because no one would offer an elderly man a seat.

I remembered only a week before when on the train with my grandfather how heartened I was by the readiness of people to give up their seats for him. Now barely a week later I was witnessing the opposite.

Why? Perhaps the seated commuters were distracted by the bright lure of their mobile phones, or perhaps they were over-thinking the decision to give up their seats or not.

But I wasn’t too patient with my thoughts. The moment a lady left her seat, I threw my bag on it and walked over to the elderly uncle to ask if he would like to sit. I could have been embarrassed if he had insisted on standing, but his look of gratitude was what shocked me and made me thankful for doing what I did — chope-ing (reserving) the seat for him in my frustration.

What I am trying to say is that we can always think of the many possible ways things could go awry in the process of doing good or trying to do good, but if we don’t even lift a finger to try and then keep the faith that problems will sort themselves out along the way, how then can we even begin to envision a better world?

Maybe it is time to stop over-thinking and just do already.

- See more at: https://www.ourbetterworld.org/en/story/keeping-faith#sthash.Amg6oLZo.dpuf

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    Unique Experiences Await You in Denver

    Unique Experiences Await You in Denver

    A guest blog article by Catherine Workman

    The Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado is brimming with things to do, places to eat and drink, and amazing sights to see. As a gateway city to the Rockies, Denver offers all of this amazing culture with one of the most picturesque backdrops imaginable.

    Everyone knows about Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver’s world-famous concert venue. They know about Coors beer and the famous stadium homes of the Broncos and the Rockies. Denver’s zoo is one of the best in the country and the famous Denver Mint is one of the most popular tours around. But Denver has a lot to offer outside of the beaten path. If you’re planning a trip out west, here are some only-in-Denver sights and experiences that you just can’t miss.

    1.) Denver Botanic Gardens

    For an unparalleled look into the flora of the Rocky Mountain region, a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens has to be on your list. The main garden, which is nestled in Downtown Denver, features over 15,000 plant species – 700 of which are native to the state of Colorado. The gardens feature a herbaria, which documents “vascular plant and fungal biodiversity and species distribution in Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountain Region,” and a living collection featuring plants from multiple environments like alpine, amenity, aquatic, native, steppe, tropical, cactus, and succulents. It’s a true Denver experience and one you shouldn’t pass up.

    2.) The Molly Brown House

    You remember Kathy Bates in Titanic, right? Well only in Denver will you find the home, now converted into a museum, of the bold woman she played in the iconic film. The Molly Brown House was home to famous socialite Margaret Brown, better known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The once-home of the activist who famously survived the sinking of the Titanic has a storied history, including being used as a boarding home during the Great Depression and falling into disrepair. The house, originally built in the 1880s, was restored in the 1970s. The beautiful home is free to visitors.

    3.) The Mount Evans Experience

    If you’re looking for a real “mile-high” adventure and are not afraid of heights – or windy roads for that matter – taking a trip up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is an absolute must. It’s about a 60 mile drive outside of Denver, but the experience is so quintessentially Denver. The Byway is the highest paved road in the entire continent, and the trip up its twists and turns is a truly amazing experience.

    “A day trip to the top is a journey that snakes and climbs through nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, from the high plains of Denver through five climate zones to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Evans – one of 54 peaks in Colorado that soar to 14,000 feet and above – the famous ‘fourteeners.’”

    On the way up you’ll have the chance to make a few pit stops at worthwhile locations like Echo Lake and Summit Lake – both of which offer top-notch hiking trails and incredible views. You might even spot some famous Rocky Mountain goats while you’re there.

    4.) Forney Museum of Transportation

    One of the country’s coolest little museums is nestled in Denver. The Forney Museum of Transportation features a wonderful collection of pieces from transportation history – from a late 1800s Denver cable car to Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel “Gold Bug.” Admission isn’t free, but it’s very affordable.

    There’s a lot to do in Denver. It’s a unique city with a spirit all of its own. Sure, take in the zoo and Coors Field – but also consider taking the time to get off the path a little bit and enjoy some nature and history that’s purely Denver.

    Photo Credit: Aakash Sahai, Wikimedia Commons

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