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Wednesday of Hope – Tragedy, a Source of Strength

There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.

― Dalai Lama XIV2-22

The Summer within Our Winter

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

– Albert Camus

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The Garden in Winter

Wednesday of Hope – Hope Is Unstoppable

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You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.

― Pablo Neruda

Shall We Stay or Shall We Go?

Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.

– Mary Catherine Bateson

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Wednesday of Hope – Living in Hope

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.

― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

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Discovering the Threads

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Catastrophe is the essence of the spiritual path, a series of breakdowns allowing us to discover the threads that weave all of life into a whole cloth.

– Roshi Joan Halifax, Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

Wednesday of Hope – An Orientation of the Soul

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Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times.

― Václav Havel