Despair is among our greatest barriers to change. And yet, it can be incredibly challenging to get out of this mindset given the daily barrage of negative media.

One of my key strategies for coping with despair is zooming out. We can always broaden our perspective, either temporally or spatially, and see things differently. Worried about politics in America? Well, elsewhere in the world we’ve seen dramatic gains in democracy. Worried about the fate of the planet under climate change? Well, the planet will be totally fine eons in the future when we are gone. Worried that the Sun will one day blow up and consume the planet? Well, life will go on, in a beautiful new way, somewhere else in the universe.

There’s always an opportunity to take a more expansive, more life-affirming perspective. It’s up to us to choose which perspective we feed.

Published by Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA with his partner Sara, child Owen, and cat Winnie.

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