We always kept in our hearts the most noble, beautiful feeling that sets human beings apart: Hope.
— Manel Loureiro
As impossible as it seems right now, I fervently hope for world peace!
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Let us heal this beautiful country together!
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“I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’
And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness,
and put you hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light,
and safer than a known way.’
May that Almighty hand guide and uphold us all.“
Spoken by King George VI at the end of his 1939
Photograph ©David Dodds
The best way to predict the future, is to create it. by Peter Drucker
This is the time of year that I start formulating my action list for the coming year. (Think a less intense, Management by Objectives by Peter Drucker.) And although it has been a bleak year by any standard, there have been many, many bright spots of happiness and sheer joy – made all the more intense against the pallor of the rest of the year. So it will be these precious moments that I will make an effort to capture in my list for 2021. Regardless of how the new year may be – these points of light are things that I can control.
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Photo: © Sienna Benton
The Shortest Day
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us — listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
by Susan Cooper
The Shortest Day book
There is something magical about the winter solstice. It is a time to celebrate! Despite all the woes of this last year, we have made it through to its shortest day and can now look forward to longer, lighter, and dare to hope for, better days ahead!
After 800 years, The Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter can be seen again tonight after sunset.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness. – Desmond Tutu
After a very challenging year that included my Mother’s passing, the Coronavirus,
fires, and election politics – thankfully, I am starting to see signs of hope.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darknes