Day 2325: If life seems hopeless

Yesterday, after I heard about the death of a patient who seemed hopeless at times but who often gave other people hope in my therapy groups, I noticed this sign:


If life seems hopeless,  look for

  •  hidden treasures,




  • signs of renewal,


  • neighbors,





  • beauty that lives on,


  • attainable and satisfying goals,


  • humor,


  • comfort,



  • inspiring stories,



  • and good conversations (here and here on YouTube).

Gratitude helps, every day, so hopeful thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU.


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27 thoughts on “Day 2325: If life seems hopeless

  1. Janis Moulton

    Thought provoking advice. Thanks!

  2. So true! ❤

  3. I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of your patient, Ann. Also, the tragic murder of Chris McCallum.

    The flowers are so beautiful. It kind of makes you wonder if they are nourished by grief.

    What is the pink and black marker pinned to a lost? Is it where Chris died?

    • Thank you for your condolences, Maureen. The red and black markers are everywhere in my neighborhood, honoring Chris’s life.

  4. Just yesterday I heard someone say, “Laughter is a tangible evidence of hope.” That’s stayed with me because as long as we can laugh there is hope. The actions of Chris McCallum also provide hope.

  5. If life seems hopeless, look for Harley, Oscar, and Spring.

  6. For me when life seems hopeless I look for a grandchild

  7. I’m sorry about your patient. I think we all need to look around for hope–sometimes more often than others. (BTW, Lil’ Bub is a hoot and my stand in for hope this evening)

  8. I’m so sorry to hear of the death of one of your patients, Ann. I think we do need to find hope! Your photos are a good sample of things that do point in the right direction. Signs are everywhere if we want to see them. Nature and renewal is my “go to” whenever I can’t seem to find my way.

  9. I wonder if Oscar knew that Harley was behind the curtain?

  10. The signs of renewal set is uplifting. I hope the death of your patient was not traumatic

  11. I push ‘like’ for the hope, Ann. I am sorry for the loss.

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  13. When life seems hopeless, just remember you’re enough and you’re loved. Sending you a big bear hug, my friend. ʕ っ •ᴥ• ʔっ

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