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America's hope

"Life is about perspective. Don't look at what's wrong with your life, think about what's right with your life." -Joel Osteen

Far too many of us go through life carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. We wake up with a burden of heaviness, looking ahead at the day with a dim view. In large part, this is due to what we feed into our heart and mind. We have the tendency to drift towards the negative images of life because that's what we see an abundance of in the media. We are constantly bombarded with information about what's wrong with the world.

I believe the American Dream is still very much alive and is still achievable.

Consequently we find ourselves overloaded with uncertainty about the future. This often leads to thoughts that we as a nation have fallen and we can't get up. Some of our greatest critics gleefully say that America's best days are behind her. That America is nothing more than a shell of its former glory days as a pinnacle nation.

Well, put a check on that negative spirit!

I believe the American Dream is still very much alive and is still achievable.

Judging by the 55, 000 people who recently jammed the storied Yankee Stadium for America's Night of Hope, I am not alone in my positive thinking. The perpetually smiling Pastor and Motivator Joel Osteen presented the event to inspire people to live their best lives now. He explained to those in attendance and to others watching a world wide broadcast of the event that we need to as scripture says, put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Osteen added that we should strive to be thankful and be hopeful.

"Everyday is a gift of God. Life is too short to go through life depressed and angry," Osteen says.

With that in mind he advises us to change our internal dialogue. Change the negative recording we constantly hear going through our minds; you're no good, you're too fat, you're too this-you're too that. My goodness! We become our own worse enemies by the harmful thoughts and pessimistic attitudes we possess. Osteen says; "You've got enough people against you. Don't add to it by being against yourself."

Good point. After all, when we criticize ourselves, we're really criticizing God's creation. We are, as scripture says, fearfully and wonderfully made. We need to stop seeing ourselves as junk and begin to see ourselves as treasures, as a masterpiece created by a master artist.

Let everyday be a new beginning. Don't drag yesterday's blues, regrets and baggage into a new day. Don't allow your dreams to be stolen and your hope highjacked. Forgive yourself and others. Stir up your faith, put down your fear and live your best life now. No excuses. Just do it. Good people bring good things to life because of the goodness that's stored in their hearts.

America is a good nation of good people who desire to do great things. So we need to enlarge our vision and exercise faith like it's a muscle that needs to be developed. The more we build it up, the greater and stronger it becomes. It's imperative that we understand that we can't have faith if we don't have hope. Our days ahead are greater than the days we leave behind.

Kelly Wright is a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel (FNC), based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He is also a co-host on "America's News Headquarters" on Saturdays (1:00-2:00 PM/ET). Wright previously served as a co-host on "Fox & Friends Weekend." Click here for more information on Kelly Wright