Living takes its toll on all of us. There comes a time that although we do our best to remain positive, we grow tired. Our enthusiasm toward life slips away like light at the end of the day. We get up everyday, we give ourselves a pep talk and paint on our game face as we leave through the back door. We go through the motions day after day, year after year. We become more like robots and the passion we once felt is replaced by a numbness that is hard to digest. There is one thing that can ignite the spark inside all of us and that is hope. That is why we need to come together and unite so that hope can spread as deep and wide as the negativity that has been ripping our country apart. So what is hope? Where can we find it? Today it came in the form of a friendly wave and smile as I drove past a complete stranger. It came from the cashier in the store who made eye contact with me and engaged in friendly conversation. It came from connecting with a friend who has views very different than my own. At the end of the day, kindness matters. When we start to see good in the people around us, we become starved for even more. Sometimes we can only see what we allow ourselves to look for. Your perception of life and the people around you are a gauge for the amount of bull you feed to yourself on a daily basis. If you look for anger, you will see it. If you look for hate, you will find that too. Challenge yourself to look for the good in someplace your heart won’t allow you to see right now. Look for the good in that Facebook friend who constantly tries to pick a fight. If you are a democrat, look for the good in a fellow republican. You get the idea. If you are unwilling to even take a look, this world will never change. Our relationships will continue to decay and we will be so divided there will never be a way to ever bring us back as one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. It’s time to take a leap of faith and leave our egos and opinions on the side of the road. It’s time for full speed ahead and not looking back. It’s time to be the loving, supportive, kind people we were meant to be.