One of the cornerstones of a healthy spiritual life is being able to identify things that have a negative impact on my spiritual well-being, and then being willing to get into a positive solution. A great example in my life is politics. I spent most of my life not really caring about things going on in the government. Let’s just say I was preoccupied with other things. For whatever reason, lately I have gained a significant interest in politics. I have personal opinions and values that influence my political views, but who doesn’t? The main reason though, is out of pure curiosity. I have taken several political science courses within my major that resulted in my piqued interest. The newfound curiosity prompted me, originally, to decide I wanted to share my political wisdom to the world!!!! My first couple of days experimenting resulted in me getting spiritually drained and it became very clear that I had no business in that arena. There is so much “I’m right, you’re wrong and that makes me a good person and you a bad person” out there and man that just made me sick to my stomach. Instead of sharing ideas and working together to better ourselves as a whole, I saw just bickering, fighting, name-calling, and hatred, from both sides. That is when the idea of a recovery blog/website hit me. I realized that, for personal reasons, I needed to do something to help others. I needed an extra outlet that might have an impact on someone else. I needed to do something that would be spiritually beneficial and not leave me spiritually bankrupt. I needed to do something and be someone who ran counter to all of that negative. The sharing of ideas, experience, strength, and hope brings me more joy and peace than anything else in the world. With all the anger, hate, and putrid muck floating around on social media, I felt I needed to do something positive. If you have read this far, thank you. I have a challenge that I am suggesting for everyone: the #hopechallenge. I challenge anyone reading this to share something positive with a stranger every day for a week, and encourage them to do the same. Let’s see if we can get this to catch fire! Despite differing ideas, opinions, or values, we can still be kind to one another. Let’s give hope a shot! Thanks for reading!