In a conversation on another blog about the hot mess that was the first presidential debate, I mentioned that I am contributing to the Carter Center, which—for the first time ever—will be monitoring the election in the United States because the country now meets its criteria for a democracy at risk.

While it’s not easy to keep a positive outlook in such times, I am grateful for the strong tradition of American democracy; hopeful that our citizens will vote to restore a decent government; and heartened by seeing so many people doing what they can to help.

Word-art that says "Look back and be grateful, look ahead and be hopeful, look around and be helpful."

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Great quote! Yes, we gotta do what we can to stay positive in these times and I do believe there is hope, there always is!

  2. Hi Meg, for sure it’s a difficult time for the US people. Hope is a good word for you right now.

    • Yes Elizabeth, I wrote four years ago after the election that I expected Americans would learn some useful lessons the hard way; but I couldn’t have imagined anything like this year.

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