For those of you who feel like America’s just jumped off a cliff and left you there scratching your head and asking yourself, what happened to your country, have hope. For those of you who feel it’s hopeless, have faith.

Hope is the opposite of despair and it is better to have hope than despair. Faith is the opposite of fear and it is better to live in faith than to succumb to fear. Despair leads nowhere other than surrender. Fear goes nowhere other than cowardice. We have too much despair and fear right now in America. Realize that everything since the beginning of time is transient and this too shall pass.

What’s important is that you go on. Fear is the weapon of a power structure that would have you yield and be herded. Faith is the tool to conquer fear. Hope is the light that leads you out of the tunnel of despair into the life-giving sunshine that we all need.

Take a break from the news. Put down your smart phone. Pick your head up, take your mask off, and get some sun on your face. It’s not all that bad and it will get better. Believing that is the first step to creating it. Have hope.

Avery Freauxbischer

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