I found this picture of what could possibly be a supernova 'black hole' in space...and I thought about the times I've felt and people I know have felt that everything good seemed to have vanished into a 'black hole.' But, there is hope -- always hope. Some collected thoughts about hope....
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
--Allan K. Chalmers
If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light.
I have learned two lessons in my life: first, there are no sufficient literary, psychological, or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
He who has never hoped can never despair.
--George Bernard Shaw
A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?
Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.
--Louisa May Alcott
I accept the universe!
(Ralph Waldo Emerson's reported response: "By God, she'd better!")
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
I still believe in Hope - mostly because there's no such place as Fingers Crossed, Arkansas.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death.
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope.
I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.
Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”
To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.
Love comes to those who still hope even though they've been disappointed, to those who still believe even though they've been betrayed, to those who still love even though they've been hurt before.
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise
Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Hope is the most exciting thing in life and if you honestly believe that love is out there, it will come. And even if it doesn't come straight away there is still that chance all through your life that it will.
In all things it is better to hope than to despair...
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself... 'How did I get through all of that?”
When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.
--Charles L. Allen
Hope is the dream of a soul awake.
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human enough hope to make you happy.”
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Hope never abandons you; you abandon it”
Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope...
Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.
--pictures four, five and six