Choosing hope over despair has always been a crucial choice for me.  But as I rise this morning to a new day, it feels like it is an even more important choice given the tenor of the news that’s filling the airwaves.  Fear and negativity are contagious.  I’m  convinced we’re hard-wired to respond to fear as a basis survival tool.  But God also created us to live hopeful, loving lives.  To do that requires a higher consciousness on a daily basis because I have to size up the fears and decide whether they are real and how to love and connect in the midst of the fear.  For me it takes a God-consciousness, and maybe it’s that God perspective that Jesus likened to being “born anew.”  The Apostle Paul warned us not to conform to the thought pattern of the world, but let God transform us inwardly by a complete change of our minds.  (Romans 12:2)  I’m going to take a few minutes to settle myself and pray God’s presence before I launch my day.  I need that change of mind that breeds hope and love not fear and despair.  Rich