Putting the H.O.P.E. back in the holidays

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This holiday season is unlike any in the recent past. Whatever your New Year 2020 goals were, this year has likely looked differently than what you planned or anticipated. With mental health concerns, high societal stress, and the post-election strains, intentionally talking hope is helpful.

And crucial.

But how can you intentionally put the hope back in the holidays?

I'd like to share an acronym—one that will help you break down, clarify, and remember how you can adopt hope.

H: Helpful

Service can help serve the server. The cliché of getting back more than is given is so true. Find ways to help a neighbor, serve a stranger, or support an organization you care about and suddenly your worries feel lighter. From coat drives to good old-fashioned caroling with your household, the season becomes brighter when the focus goes from self to selfless. Don't make it too complicated. Simple is best this time of year.

O: Optimism

What you focus on increases. What you think, you become. With limited minutes in a day, consider what thoughts you are fostering. If you are lacking optimism, refocusing on positive thoughts increases positive thinking.

Start a gratitude Christmas chain or simply sit around the Christmas tree at night and have a family chat about what you are grateful for. If you live alone, consider a nightly text with a friend who may also be alone this season.

P: People

Humans are wired for connection. With COVID restrictions this year, intentional effort may be needed in our relationships. Consider reconnecting with someone with whom you have lost touch. Write a HOPE letter. Let them know what you "hope" for them. What you appreciate and admire. Old-fashioned stamps and paper last long after a text.

E: Experiences

Stuff or people? What if instead of buying more things that need batteries or wrapping, expand your list to include experiences instead of just things. Putting together puzzles, going on vacation, or taking a class together enable you to cultivate memories. So instead of more wrapping, slow down to connect.

Maybe these ideas aren't the exact ones you'd like to implement, but hopefully they will inspire you with things you can do to put more H.O.P.E. in your holidays. Start a new tradition or revisit an old one with an emphasis on hope. If ever there was a year hope is needed, it is this year as we start over, go to Plan B, and make some real connections.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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