Day 58

You never run out of options if you have hope.

— Unknown

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Day 54

We always kept in our hearts the most noble, beautiful feeling that sets human beings apart: hope.

— Manel Loureiro 

Is that what sets us human beings apart from the rest of all creation? Hope? Or is he saying that some human beings have hope and some do not?

Day 50

Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It’s a sort of spiritual clap, I should say.

— Henry Miller 

I wouldn’t be honest if I ignored the fact that there are those that despised hope. It is true that hope is a dangerous thing. All too often, those people conflate hoping with wishing and fantasizing. Hoping alters our present, not our future. 

Day 49

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Of course I was always going to include Brother Martin in this month of quotes. And what does he remind me of today? It’s that hope provides perspective. 

Day 48

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

–Desmond Tutu

I’m listening to the Audible recording of The Book of Joy by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, and the pure delight they have in their friendship tickles me to no end. When you think of their backgrounds, their life history, and their body of work, you cannot help but acknowledge that it is at least possible to see light in complete darkness.  

Day 46

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

–Emily Dickinson

Hope has this reputation of being eternally persistent that stands against our own tendency to be fickle, or to lean towards cynicism or despair. Maybe that’s what has always been appealing to me about hope…that even in my darkest moments, hope was already there for me to grab onto.