Every day I wake up feeling pretty good. Most of my family are well. I have a roof over my head, food in the fridge, electricity, heating, cooling, and enough money to enjoy an occasonal modest treat for myself. And I live the the most free, most generous, most prosperous, most optimistic country in the world. All things considered, life is good. For now. But I have to admit that lately each day's headlines have been something of a downer and reinforce a nagging concern that we need to refocus on those things that made us the most free, most generous, most prosperous, and most optimistic country in the world and that allows us to enjoy the blessings of all that. Just today for instance: For those who think it is wrong that Americas wealthy are so wealthy, heres some encouragement for you, but for those of us who think it is to the world's advantage that the USA remain a strong superpower, it raises eyebrows: And is it unraveling in the Middle East and what will that mean?: And with a US economy still reeling and competent economists warning of double dip recession: Yep. It is a major struggle for us eternal optimists these days. Will this too again pass? Or could we dig ourselves into a hole that we can't climb out of?