This One Little Word started stealing into my heart in early December when we lit the first candle – the candle of Hope – on the Advent wreath. and when I set out this year’s lovely amaryllis bulbs.
Of course my brain countered with other options that seemed more practical, sensible and … grown-up.
But then this past weekend, I read the introduction to Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark. She says “Hope is an embrace of the unknown.” She quotes Martin Luther King, Jr:
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
and Maria Popova:
Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is naïveté.
My brain started to see the possibilities. indeed the sensibility … of hope.
I rearranged the shelf where the amaryllis grow, to feature Light and Grace. and I thought more about the practical, sensible things I could do to welcome Hope:
learn something new
see the good
I must say, I haven’t been this energized for a new year in … a while. and I have high hopes for all it might bring.
Joining in with Juliann to talk about our words.
and wishing each of you a year – a lifetime! – of infinite hope!