May 'HOPE' Inspiration from the Inside Out

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Journaling Prompts:

I Wish: Being human means that we dream of and wish for things that we don't currently have. Are you more or less satisfied with what you have or do you dream of greener pastures in some areas? What do you hope for in your most private moments? Are your most fervent wishes hidden to others or known by all? If you have had a dream realized, was the grass really greener on the other side, or were your expectations not met? Do you remember wishes from your childhood, and can you remember when the things you wished for changed?

Hope Springs Eternal: You can go a day without food, but can you go a day without hope? Writers and philosophers say that hope is a critical mechanism of the human spirit that allows us to persevere in difficult circumstances. Are you a hopeful and optimistic person? Are you able to handle complex situations with ease because you believe in better days ahead? Or are you more deterministic, believing that life’s ups and downs are just 'the way things are'? Have you experienced hope in a situation where others thought hope was gone? Do you ever hope for things or situations that others think cannot be? Do their opinions matter?

A Real Friend: Sometimes our friends turn to us for support and encouragement – do you tell them the truth every time they ask you what you think, or do you sometimes protect them from the truth? Do you ever change the way you communicate to give them a sense of hope in tough circumstances? Has a friend ever said or done something for you that exemplified hope and helped relieve your despair?

Hope and Charity: Basic human goodness and some religions traditions teach and encourage giving of your time, money and spirit to help bring relief to those in need. What do you do in your day to day life to provide hope for others? What traditions did you learn from your family of origin, and which do you intend to pass on to the next generation? What causes, beliefs and beings do you support by bringing them hope, and how?


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The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan K. Chalmers

Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. Arundhati Roy

Once you choose hope, anything's possible. Christopher Reeve

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. Dale Carnegie

Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be. Don Quixote

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. Dorothy Thompson

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. Elie Wiesel

To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and to trust that, that fulfillment will come, is quite possibly one of the most powerful "magic skills" that human beings are capable of. It has been noted by almost every ancient wisdom tradition. Elizabeth Gilbert

Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired. Erik H. Erikson

He who has never hoped can never despair. (Caesar and Cleopatra) George Bernard Shaw

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. Lin Yutang

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

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.

The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. Marion Zimmer Bradley

I still believe in Hope - mostly because there's no such place as Fingers Crossed, Arkansas. Molly Ivins

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mohandas K. Gandhi

To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death. Pearl S. Buck

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. Rita Mae Brown

The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope. Samuel Johnson

Never give out while there is hope; but hope not beyond reason, for that shows more desire than judgment. William Penn

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. Bill Cosby

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. Albert Einstein

In all things it is better to hope than to despair. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hope is the dream of a soul awake. French Proverb

Dum spiro, spero: While I breathe, I hope. Latin Proverb

Hope is the feeling that the feeling you have isn't permanent. Jean Kerr

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. Vaclav Havel

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. Thich Nhat Hanh

Love floods us with hope. Jareb Teague

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. George Iles

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic. Norman Cousins

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair. Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The man who lives only by hope will die with despair. Italian Proverb

We cannot despair of humanity, since we are ourselves human beings. Albert Einstein

I turned to speak to God About the world's despair; But to make bad matters worse, I found God wasn't there . Robert Frost

It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, 'till we find our place, on the path unwinding. Elton John

Like strength is felt from hope and from despair. Alexander Pope

A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte

The setting of a great hope is like the setting of the sun. The brightness of our life is gone. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again. Sarah Ban Breathnach

Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle

A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a single hope. Epictetus

He who does not hope to win has already lost. Jose Joaquin Olmedo

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

At first we hope too much; later on, not enough. Joseph Roux

Beware how you take away hope from any human being. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hope is itself a species of happiness and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords. Samuel Johnson

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