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Friday, January 21, 2011

Hope is… an outstretched hand in the dark… a staircase into the unknown… a thing with feathers that perches in our soul. Poets, philosophers and spiritual leaders have always used a myriad of images to describe our intangible belief that things will improve – the illness will be cured, love will be found and the dream will be achieved.

Hope, which is often an extension of faith, can be inspired by God or religious scripture. Sometimes it’s found in the compassion of a stranger lending a hand after a disaster – and sometimes hope whispers to the deepest recesses of our souls urging us to reach deeper into our own determination to succeed. Even in the worst of times, we can still find a reason to hope.