Oregon Food Bank is doing some powerful things, and I'm enthusiastic about getting more involved there. Next Tuesday a bunch of us are going to Salem to meet our state representatives one-on-one and advocate for nutrition and food assistance programs. Oregon is really good already about using tax funds for the benefit of citizens and not indulging in government waste. That's one of my favorite things about this state. I've never even been to the state capitol, so I'm looking forward to the outing.
Another OFB program is providing classes for low-income people to teach nutrition and cost-effective cooking. I've been asked to be an instructor. I'm thrilled about that. Education is the key to success, in my opinion. It doesn't have to be formal schooling, but the more opportunities we have to learn life skills, the better off we'll all be as a society.
We have to move on. We have to keep trying. We have to believe that there are happy and worthwhile events in our futures that make it important to overcome the hard times. I believe the absolute most valuable quality that exists in every one of us is hope. Hope is precious, critical, powerful. Hope makes all things possible. Dream. Dare. Hope. Don't look back. The future has yet to be determined.