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Wednesday of Hope – Hopefulness Is Not Romantic

The United Nations was established in Hope

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 marvelous victory.

– Howard Zinn

Whole Worlds of Wonder even in a Single Drop of Water

Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water.

– Eihei Dogen

Wednesday of Hope – We Are Never Hopeless

We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.

– John Green, Looking for Alaska

The felled log, now no longer part of the tree, is a haven for life.

Animals Are People Too! And, of course, Trees.

Animals are people, too. As are plants. And water. And soil. This is the fundamental insight at the heart of all eco-spiritual work. But to get that insight, we have to get with the big picture. To get that insight, we have to climb a tree.

– Clark Strand, Trees, Butterflies, and the Buddhist Moral Life

Wednesday of Hope – Unfailing Love

What gives me hope is that life unfailingly responds to the advances of love.

– Nipun Mehta

God Never Made an Ugly Landscape

God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.

– John Muir

Wednesday of Hope – Don’t Stop Dreaming

We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.

– Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses