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All is Alive

The earth is a living thing. Mountains speak, trees sing, lakes can think, pebbles have a soul, rocks have power.

– Henry Crow Dog

Wednesday of Hope – Life Worth Living

Before, I always lived in anticipation . . . that it was all a preparation for something else, something “greater,” more “genuine.” But that feeling has dropped away from me completely. I live here and now, this minute, this day, to the full, and the life is worth living.

– Etty Hillesum, Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum

Longing for a Sense of Wonder

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.

– Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday of Hope – In a Power Greater than Ourselves

It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. 

– Maya Angelou

Wednesday of Hope – Grateful that there Is More Good in the World

Men frequently think that the evils in the world are more numerous than the good things; many sayings and songs of the nations dwell on this idea. …Not only common people make this mistake, but even many who think they are wise.

– Maimonides

Wednesday of Hope – Gratitude and Hope in the Face of Terror


Etty Hillesum is such example of courage, compassion and hope in the face of the most horrific times in our recent history.

As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude.

– Etty Hillesum, Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943, p.466, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Gratitude in Abundance

Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself.

– Jalaluddin Rumi