There's nothing worse than a loss of hope. A feeling that nothing can ever get any better for us and those we love including all creatures great and small.
So, what do we do? Give into despair? Sometimes its not a matter of giving in so much as being dragged down by despair.
By constantly reading about all the nasty things that are happening to other people, both animal and human. By having our lives ruined by the actions of others who carry on, not so much oblivious to how what they do harms others, as not caring.
So, what can we do?
We can take the smallest thing, the smallest success and give it the credit it deserves.
Find something that makes us smile.
Pat ourselves on the back for the little things we achieve. Our kindness to others, not just the people we know but to strangers - especially strangers.
Most of all, during dark moments when we see no end to the darkness, to human cruelties inflicted on the voiceless, we need to remember who we are. Why we are here on this earth.
We are the compassionate ones and are here to make the world a better place. And, we are not alone.
And that's how veggiegirl2011 sees it.