“Hope is stubborn. It has the ability to accept strength and weakness. It is not arrogant; neither is it modest. Hope is daring, courageous; it has the audacity to reach a hand into darkness and come out with a handful of light.” ~Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, Gardening the Soul
“Hope springs eternal because life springs eternal, and life abounds with possibility. We have within us the capacity to change things, but only if we are willing to change ourselves. We have written the human story that now unfolds in front of us, and the only way we can change the story is if we are willing to rewrite it.” ~Marianne Williamson, marianne.com
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
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“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” ~Marilyn Monroe
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~A. A. Milne (Christopher Robin to Pooh)
Let us visualize what we want to have happen… imagine and see the life we want to walk into. Let’s think about what we want to have happen in our future. See it now.
Kind actions are happening right here and right now, all around us. Look for the polite drivers who let in that merging car, and the courteous cashier who calls “I’m open over here.” Maybe you’ll observe a neighbor who smiles at others or a bus driver who is kind.
Let’s look for the good, and choose to focus on it. And let’s do what we can to BE the good. Let’s lead the way, and show how it’s done. Role models matter! And helping to shine light and kindness in the world really can be as simple as a genuine smile.
Remember that what you think about, focus on, and do really make a difference in our world, more than you may ever know. Your smiling face, good mood and congenial kindness all help raise the energy of everyone around you.
Begin within, take care of you, and shine your light brightly. Let’s all do what we can to fill our hearts with so much gratitude and love that our hearts can overflow into the hearts of others! We need your light. You are beautiful. Thank you for visiting, reading, and being You. Namaste. Gina
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ~Pablo Neruda
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ~Robert Fulghum
“The greatest teacher is our own soul’s connection with the Source. To access wisdom, distortions within our human nature must be removed: beliefs that do not serve, emotional attachments that cloud. We arrive in the present moment with no agenda of our own making. Here in the eternal present, a fountain begins to rise from within. It is the inner waters of wisdom, the essential wellspring of remembering.” ~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
My gratitude to the maker of this image with the spectacular photograph and inspiring quote. I wish I knew who to credit it to and will certainly add it as soon as I discover it. Namaste. Gina
There are nay-sayers and critics to point out everything that’s wrong. Let’s be radical. Let’s point out everything that’s right. Let’s support those who are helping, and be among the helpful ones. Celebrate solutions! Let others focus their negative energy on criticizing problems. We’re too busy on this Earth Day focusing on solutions and ways to help. I for one have to have hope. We continue to improve the ways we live on this incredible planet. Hope helps.
Nature is superior to our human mistakes. The vastness of her power is beyond our comprehension. One way to celebrate Earth Day, beyond enjoying time outdoors, is to focus on what is working. Certainly let’s take action with conserving energy, purchasing less and repurposing more. But let’s also help with our minds and hearts as we pay attention to what is working. Let’s focus on building the new. Together, with Nature’s awesome power and our opportunities for making a difference, we can fix this. Happy Earth Day! And let’s BE HAPPY for Earth Day. Namaste.