Over the Hump 05/09/2018

"Hope is the antidote of despair. Despair turns us inward, hope sends us into the arms of others."

These quotes from Bishop Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa, in a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, in a book entitled "The Book of Joy.”

“All these things happen, but they are unusual, which is why they become news. There are millions and millions of children who are loved by their parents every day. Then in school their teachers care for them. Okay, maybe there are some bad teachers, but most of them really are kind and caring. Then in the hospital, every day millions of people receive immense caring. But this is so common that none of it becomes news. We take it for granted.

“When we look at the news, we must keep this more holistic view. Yes, this or that terrible thing has happened. No doubt, there are very negative things, but at the same time there are many more positive things happening in our world. We must have a sense of proportion and a wider perspective. Then we will not feel despair when we see these sad things.” Neither of these men was asking us to look at the world through rose-colored glasses or to not see the world with anything but a searingly honest view.

“Hope,” the Archbishop said, “is quite different from optimism, which is more superficial and liable to become pessimism when the circumstances change. Hope is something much deeper.”

“I say to people that I’m not an optimist, because that, in a sense, is something that depends on feelings more than the actual reality. We feel optimistic, or we feel pessimistic. Now, hope is different in that it is based not on the ephemerality of feelings but on the firm ground of conviction. I believe with a steadfast faith that there can never be a situation that is utterly, totally hopeless. Hope is deeper and very, very close to unshakable. 

To some, hope is a gift. “To choose hope is to step firmly forward into the howling wind, baring one’s chest to the elements, knowing that, in time, the storm will pass.” 

“Hope is the antidote to despair. Yet hope requires faith, even if that faith is in nothing more than human nature or the very persistence of life to find a way. Hope is also nurtured by relationship, by community”

Hope sends us into the arms of others… look at 9-1-1.… The country was briefly united, many churches were full, families were together, but it was hope that helped us to get through it. 

The bible puts it this way; Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love.

 

Faithfully,

Charlie

 

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