A Post About Hope

I wanted to write a post about hope because it’s something we can all use, now more than ever, as we adjust to this new reality we’re in with social distancing. Such uncertain times for all of us as we try to keep ourselves and others safe from this invisible enemy. 

I read recently that hope empowers us. While this is true, hope can be hard to hang onto. Yet hope is the very thing that keeps us moving forward during trying times. Here’s something you might not know about me but I’m hopelessly hopeful. I find it difficult to admit defeat. I hang in there till the bitter even when common sense tells me otherwise because you just never know. But there are times when even I find it difficult to feel hope.

We’ve seen a lot of changes in our world in a very short time. For many of us, hope is what will bring us through the weeks and months ahead. There is no magic formula for hope. You can’t hold it in your hand but we can sometimes find hope in the most unlikely places. Sometimes it’s the little things–a meaningful gesture, the sight of new shoots poking their way out of the ground, a rainbow arching across the sky after the rain, the sound of children’s laughter or acts of kindness that warm our hearts–that can give us a glimmer of hope during dark times.

Earlier today, I went searching for some quotes about hope. Thankfully, there are plenty out there. Below are some that resonated with me and I wanted to share them. While a few quotes about hope won’t make this situation go away, my thought is that it certainly can’t hurt. There will be days ahead when many of us will need a gentle reminder of the hope that is all around us. My hope, my wish for all of you is that we will all work together to keep each other safe. 

  1. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.~~ Saint Francis of Assisi

      2. Hope is outreaching desire with expectancy of good. It is a characteristic of all living beings.

         ~~Edward S. Ame

      3. Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and     never stops at all.~~ Emily Dickinson

      4. If you are going through hell, keep going. ~~Winston Churchill

      5. For every dark night there’s a brighter day. ~~Tupac

      6. Hope is the last thing ever lost. ~~Italian proverb

      7. Hope costs nothing.~~ Colette

       8. Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. ~~Thich Nhat Hanh

       9. Hope itself is like a star – not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. ~~Charles Haddon Spurgeon

       10. The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.~~ Will Durant

 I hope these quotes will give you something to think about as we all try to remain hopeful in the weeks and months ahead. May we all stay safe.

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