Skip to content

Wednesday of Hope – Perspective

The only thing I can recommend at this stage is a sense of humor, an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions, to laugh at others and at ourselves, a sense of irony regarding everything that calls out for parody in this world. In other words, I can only recommend perspective and distance.

― Václav Havel

Doorway to Gratitude

Attention is the doorway to gratitude, the doorway to wonder, the doorway to reciprocity.

– Robin Wall Kimmerer

Wednesday of Hope – Infinite Hope

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

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Poetry of Life

There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.

– Gustave Flaubert

Wednesday of Hope – Forgiving

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.

– Lewis B. Smedes

God in Every Place

Whoever does not see God in every place does not see God in any place.

– Rabbi Elimelech

Wednesday of Hope – Hovering in Dark Corners

Hope

It hovers in dark corners
before the lights are turned on,
it shakes sleep from its eyes
and drops from mushroom gills,
it explodes in the starry heads
of dandelions turned sages,
it sticks to the wings of green angels
that sail from the tops of maples.

It sprouts in each occluded eye
of the many-eyed potato,
it lives in each earthworm segment
surviving cruelty,
it is the motion that runs the tail of a dog,
it is the mouth that inflates the lungs
of the child that has just been born.

It is the singular gift
we cannot destroy in ourselves,
the argument that refutes death,
the genius that invents the future,
all we know of God.

It is the serum which makes us swear
not to betray one another;
it is in this poem, trying to speak.

~ Lisel Mueller