It's amazing all the pressures facing people these days. I don't know of a single person that doesn't have something really big going on in their lives right now. Whether it's losing a job, losing their house, major health issues, or mega-problems with a child, the list goes on and on.

Sometimes it takes courage to stick your head outside the door. Fear of what is coming down the pike is frightening. There is just so much fear, sadness, and stress, it's a wonder we can function at all.

But then, I'm reminded again and again, of hope, love, and friendship.

I see hope in the eyes of a child, in the visit of a friend, or the care of family members. Sometimes, I even find hope at the end of a horrible day, in looking forward to the start of a brand new day.

Love is in the gentle touch and understanding nod of a spouse. Tears shed with a friend, sister, brother, parents, or children. It's felt when the tiniest of tokens, gifts, or hugs are given.

Even the smile from a stranger can make a difference in renewing a sad spirit.

Where will you find hope, love, friendship, re-newness of peace within yourself?

Who will you touch today? Whose burden will you lift, even with the smallest act? If it's one thing I have learned over the years, we are all in this together. We all need each other to make a difference.

And I must say... it's nice to know, I don't have to go it alone.