Saturday, April 9, 2011

Harbingers of hope

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"Many of the greatest achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working." 

I love this quote...it speaks to my tired hardworking soul.  We all need hope.  It is what gets us through those days everyone is pulling you in different directions and no one is happy with your effort. It is what yanks us from the edge when we feel pushed to the last corner of our limits. We all have to go through the fire. Break ups, loss, injury sadness that is so complete we wonder if there is any way out is guaranteed for each of us at some point.  The only difference is how we cope with it.    
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In the last 18 months I have been to 5 funerals for those starting their lives and those at the end of a long well lived life. I have 4 of my close friends have gone through or are in the middle of going through separations.  I feel like the sadness has scraped by me.  Nicking me but leaving me whole as I watch those I care about suffer.  I am not sure which is worse.  As a writer I watch and note the different types of grace and hope that carry my strong friends through this time of fire in their lives.  I know I have been through fire and that I will see more it is life.  It is the only thing in life we can truly depend on, but we can also depend on the fact that we will make it.  Sometimes that doesn't feel like enough, but on many days that is all we get. 

I find hope in tiny faces, in well placed words, in sunny days with green grass and chirping birds.  It is everywhere.

Where do you find hope?

10 comments:

  1. I find hope in laughter and smiles, in budding flowers,sunshine and rainbows, and clouds (even if they are slow-moving I know the clouds will change eventually and things in life pass by with time, too.)

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  2. Oh, forgot to say...I loved the photo you chose to go with the post.

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  3. I find hope in the sun rising on a new day, in the laughter of those I love, in newly blooming flowers. Great post...really made me THINK.

    *Julie

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  4. I love that photo of the hand in the mirror! Hope is closer than it appears. Perfect!

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  5. I agree- that's a great photo! I find hope in my daughters's smiles and laughter and in kind gestures among strangers.

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  6. I find hope in the small moments of happiness I have during the day!

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  7. you know i ahve this really funny thing...i think the name of the birds is myna...i call them blackbirds...i love seeing them in pairs...i have this childhood rhyme..one for success, two for joy. and somehow sighting them never fails to lift my spirits...

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  10. This is such a moving post. As someone who is facing the reality of a friend of mine being unable to make it much longer, I need to hear about where people find hope. The world seems so cruel sometimes, and I find myself actively looking and creating things to laugh about.

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