Hopeful

hopeful

It is often in the darkest
skies that we see the
brightest stars.
Richard Evans

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvellous victory.
Howard Zinn

Those who make us believe that anything’s possible and fire our imagination over the long haul, are often the ones who have survived the bleakest of circumstances. The men and women who have every reason to despair, but don’t, may have the most to teach us, not only about how to hold true to our beliefs, but about how such a life can bring about seemingly impossible social change.
Paul Rogat Loeb

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  1. If we lose our hope we lose so much, wise words and a lovely start to my day thank you Jonie.

  2. i love the quote, “It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars”, by Richard Evans
    wonderful post, rings true and thought provoking. thanks jonie doll:)

  3. We must always have hope…..in life…in our Christian belief of the bible..in God….in our everyday life. Yes so truly said. Thank U Jonie….

  4. Profound and such an apt reminder especially when the going is tough. Bless you for always been available and carrying out the instructions that are given to you. Blessings to you Jonie.

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