Q: What was your prevailing emotion of the day?

A: Today was a guilty day. I felt guilty for being depressed. I felt guilty for being fatigued. I felt guilty for not being a good husband or father. I just felt guilty all day for being me. 

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Day 53

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. 

— Orisen Swett Marden

As I look for quotes about hope, I’m seeing a lot of reasonable arguments against hope. I may or may not get into these later, but for now, this quote summarizes my thoughts fairly well. Hope is the only thing that stands against despair. 

What word did you overuse today?

I haven’t spoken a lot today, but the word rage keeps popping up in my thoughts. The current administration is one month old, and the amount of corruption and incompetence is staggering and unprecedented.

I feel rage, but rage will get us nowhere. Rage is not action. I need to move from feeling to doing. 

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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.