Change always presents challenges and certainly our world is changing globally. It is easy to become discouraged in the midst of change, label what we fear or don’t like as all chaos, and see only the negative. The following quote, which I have always liked, focuses on the internal which is needed to balance the external.
Reading from Vacal Havel, playwright and former President of Czechoslovakia.
Either we have hope within us or we don’t. It is a dimension of the soul and it is not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy that things are going well or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out. It is hope above all which gives us the strength to live and continually try new things.
May each of us be blessed with hope and find balance as we explore new approaches to responding and interacting with one another in our changing world, Sr. Elaine Abels, rscj