I read this commentary on the current economic stuff we're all living through and (while he's really having a go at East Coast journalism) there's some good stuff here.
Especially this quote from a Peggy Noonan column:
"I end with a hunch that is not an unhappy one. Dynamism has been leached from our system for now, but not from the human brain or heart. Just as our political regeneration will happen locally, in counties and states that learn how to control themselves and demonstrate how to govern effectively in a time of limits, so will our economic regeneration. That will begin in someone's garage, somebody's kitchen, as it did in the case of Messrs. Jobs and Wozniak. The comeback will be from the ground up and will start with innovation. No one trusts big anymore. In the future everything will be local. That's where the magic will be. And no amount of pessimism will stop it once it starts."
That's the future that I believe in. That's the hope that I have. It's that we are all here with a gift/talent/strength/ability/whatever - and we can use it to make an impact on the world. And that impact can be good.