The Faces of Hope

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Seems like there’s been a lot of nasty things happening in the news lately. Whether there’s more cruelty in the world, or it’s easier to report with modern media, I don’t know. But any student of history knows that mankind’s capacity and willingness to inflict harm on suffering on fellow humans is a sad thread that runs all through history.

Now and again, it just seems too much. When the stories seem to pile up, or a particular incident strikes a nerve, things can seem hopeless.

There’s always hope, and in hope, there’s strength, Strength to give yourself permission to take some time to enjoy the positive things in the world, and strength to devote time to ease some of myriad ills that plague us. There more problems than you and I can solve, of course, but that doesn’t make the situation hopeless.

Recently, I’ve been privileged to witness the faces of hope up close and personal. I have been working in Martinez as the town’s Santa Claus this month, and have had delightful interactions with hundreds of children, and they are hope personified.

We come into this world blessed with absolute innocence, and truly limitless potential. Life has a way of stripping away innocence and idealism, and potential seems to narrow with the years.

If that gets you down, take a moment and watch – really watch – the faces of the children. Hope and unlimited potential dwells in them, and therefore, in the world.

Magic can work, at times. Believe it! Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa – anything that returns your focus to the positive and recharges your emotional and spiritual batteries! And let’s make 2015 the best year – ever!

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