One’s nature is a tough thing to change, especially when one is plagued with negativity.

As a pessimist for way too long, I would have told you that the glass half empty seemed too optimistic for me. I never had faith in people, places or things. I witnessed the fallibility in all that exists. I always saw ten ways something could go wrong and braced myself for the worst. After all, better to be pleasantly surprised, than to be let down.

Somewhere over the years this leopard changed her spots and maybe that alone proves to me that there is hope that a seemingly non changeable situation can in fact change.

Last week, Corinne Berzon,  posted a beautifully written blog. I admire her eloquent writing and respect her views, but I am forced to disagree with her conclusions in this article.

I believe it to be a combination of history learned, faith in G-d and personal experience that made me do a 180.

The existence of the Jewish people to date baffles the mind. Against all odds we survived many generations with countless regimes hell bent on our destruction. I witnessed kindness, dignity, love and creativity in fatal trying times in our own beloved little country. I see countless mini miracles daily that blossom when nourished by faith and prayer.

I have most faith in those that believe in change. People that believe, make things happen. You see faith is like a fire. It gives warmth and lights the way. When I hear one of my people say there is no hope; I cry. I cry because hope dies when one blows out the flame.

I don’t know of anyone who is actually looking forward to our elections on Tuesday and many are stumped as to whom to vote for.

If it’s true that  “No one really talks about the conflict much at all anymore, focusing instead on domestic strife”, then that’s fine with me. I agree, that no matter what we do or offer our enemies will ever be enough and that they will always seek our destruction. My answer – to hell with them!!  Let’s live and let’s live good. Let us continue to focus on the  domestic and get it right. Let us learn to work together as we should and be productive and healthy and good. I promise you, my people, If we get our act together internally and become a strong unified nation there WILL be hope.