Finding Hope – For Reflection

Desmond Tutu said:
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

Where do you find hope?

Justice & Peace HeartI invite you to a day of reflection on this question.

#30DaysOfLoveAndReflection – Day 8

Introduction to 30 Days of Love and Reflection


My Reflection

Ever since posting this question, I have wondered if it was the right question. Does the phrasing imply that hope is something… a thing… that exists outside of oneself. If so, then it can be lost… and then found again. I’ve certainly had the feeling of “losing hope.”

Still, I can’t help wondering if hope is really something internal… a state of mind… and attitude. Do we really lose it and find it? Or, is it really always there inside of us… waiting for us to notice it and nurture it.

I suspect that the answer lies somewhere in between. Do we, internally, have to be open to hope and healing so that we can become aware? Do we require external signs, to show us what is possible?

I think I will be watching this processes in my life, and the lives of others, as we move forward.

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One Response to Finding Hope – For Reflection

  1. Nancy W. says:

    To me hope is like an internal pilot light or candle flame that at times burns bright and at other times just flat goes out. The words of two favorite authors help me relight the flame when I lose hope about the state of the world. Mr. Rogers’ quote about looking for the helpers when scary things happen helps restore hope about human nature in bad times. Anne Lamotte suggests that when we feel helpless in the face of bad news , getting out and doing even a small kindness for someone else can help .

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