Mindful moment… Silence your inner cynic
I've been watching a lot of US-based news at the moment, as indeed many of us have, and I have become a big fan of comedian and television presenter Stephen Colbert.
I came across this quote from him, which I like a lot: "Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us."
It's perhaps a surprising quote from a man who is paid to front a satirical news show, whose stock-in-trade is often to look at the bleakest side of life - but he's right.
It's so easy to be cynical and dismissive of the world and other people - but how is that helping anybody? We can all see that the world is in a mess right now but we cannot give up hope that things will get better.
As Barack Obama - then a Chicago senator - said about the 2004 US presidential election: "Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?"
* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net