July 4

Today's quotation:

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success;
for who so hopes strongly has within oneself the gift of miracles.

Samuel Smiles

Today's Meditation:

What can you accomplish in life?  How can you improve your lot in life, and do the things you wish to do and see the things you wish to see?  One thing's for sure:  if you give up hope that you'll be able to do the things you wish to do, you're practically guaranteeing that you won't be able to do them.

Hope is the part of ourselves that sees possibility and potential as reality, not just pipedreams.  Hope is the part that we keep alive in order to keep us working towards goals that are important to us, towards ends that we feel will make us better and stronger human beings.  Hope is what we share with others in the form of encouragement and teaching; it's the hope of a better future that keeps us working to provide a nurturing present.

Hope brings us power because we can achieve true accomplishments only when we have hope that we can achieve them.  Hope is the mother of success because we can succeed only where the spark of hope ignites the flame of success.

If we're to allow hope to have its positive effects in our lives, we must nurture it and feed it and allow it to grow.  Our hope won't just happen--we must accept it and let it guide us in our journeys and our efforts.  When we do so, we'll discover what it means to have the gift of miracles. 

Questions to consider:

What does the "gift of miracles" mean to you?  Do you have it?

Why do so many people have trouble holding on to hope?

Is it easy to hope strongly?  What might we do in order to make it easier for us?

For further thought:

Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse,
a passion for the possible.

William Sloan Coffin, Jr.

  

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