Hope multiplies


Hope is like sourdough. If you treat it with respect and care, and provide the right conditions – it will grow. That is its nature – it can’t help it. Then you have more to give away. Because it multiplies. (And if you keep it all to yourself, you’ll just get fat…)

Hope for or hope in?


Walking through today, and yesterday, and the days before, I’ve been asking this question: what and where is my hope? Is it hope for? Hope that something external will happen. That circumstances will change. Or someone, somewhere, will take action that makes a difference. Or is it hope in? That hope looks in a different … Read more

Hope and light


Whilst we know the impact of hope in the darkness, let’s remember that darkness can’t extinguish hope. Of itself, it doesn’t have the power to do that. Hope brings light. It is real. It might be the light of a flickering candle flame. But by its very nature, it dispels the darkness in its immediate … Read more

The growing edge


Continuing to explore hope, this quote from Howard Thurman opens a beautiful essay by Parker J Palmer and Carrie Newcomer: All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work … Read more

Hope is…


Hope is not the same as blind optimism. Though it is an optimistic state of mind. It’s not a personality trait, which you are born with. Or not. Hope isn’t wishful thinking. Or mind over matter. It is not afraid to grasp reality. In fact, hope needs realism in order to be enduring. Where hope … Read more