Scaly-breasted Munia, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Why Hope Matters | Nov 2021


Hope Gives You Power


Scaly-breasted Munia, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Why Hope Matters

Scaly-breasted Munia, on a Monkey Puzzle Tree Cone


We need hope.

First let’s realize that hope is a verb. It’s something that we do.

And we can practice hope in three ways.

Intellectual Hope

Know that you are part of Nature, the vast life that inhabits Earth.

And life always moves toward health.

So regardless how sick society may seem, it is working to restore health.

That effort is driven by good people who care about others, who act with compassion, who practice kindness, who tell the truth, who respect the environment.

These people are the social immune system.

And through every sad time in history, they have worked to restore health to society.

Because hope begins with the belief that we can make a difference.

Active Hope

Know that everyone is responsible for the health of society.

And so each of us needs to do what we can with what we have. Of course, this will vary for each of us.

We can begin by setting a good example.

That includes being one of the good people who use resources respectfully, who honor truth, and who respect others.

Then seek small victories. For example, we can write letters, make phone calls, or send e-mails to companies, news media, organizations, and leaders.

We can support ethical companies by buying their products. And we can avoid buying products that cause damage.

Next we can join organizations that work to protect our environment. Once there, we can become active in their programs. And we can invite others to join us.

Because actions sustain hope.

Persistent Hope

Know that there will always be opposition.

And so we must keep going, even when we encounter setbacks.

Turn disappointments into lessons. Ask yourself, what could I have done differently? What did I do that worked? What can I learn from this?

And then keep going.

Because failure leads to growth, which fortifies hope.


Yes, we have major challenges now.

And it’s going to take all of us to resolve them.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation


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8 Comments
  • Sneed Collard
    Posted at 15:27h, 09 November

    Great post, Steve! Plan to share 🙂

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 03:22h, 11 November

    Another inspiring message, we need these. Thank you.

  • May Wang
    Posted at 12:04h, 16 November

    We need hope and courage at every stage of our life! Thank you, Steve!

  • Thilda Zorn
    Posted at 18:17h, 16 November

    Thank you so much, dear Steve! I just read Frank Ostaseski´s thoughts about hope in his book “The five Invitations”.
    Wishing you all the best – and please carry on to inspire us!!! adios, Thilda, Guatemala

  • Joyce rouse
    Posted at 07:24h, 17 November

    As usual—brilliant, inspiring and HOPEFUL! Thank you so much for sharing so elegantly your wisdom and experience.

  • Yana
    Posted at 13:14h, 18 November

    Beautifully expressed, thank you for the inspiration. Yana

  • Carolyn Adamon
    Posted at 17:08h, 19 November

    Thank you for your continuing positive outlook on nature and human nature.
    ~ Carolyn

  • Debra Peasley
    Posted at 13:52h, 24 November

    Hope sustains through every dark period.

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