Reflection: Those of you who have been Pause followers for some time may remember that from 2004 through 2007, I ended each year’s messages with a set of reflections on one of the four jewels in the season of advent: peace, joy, love and hope.
If there was ever a year that we needed hope, 2020 – the year of the pandemic – would be it. And so I dug back into my files and pulled out that earlier message about hope.
I thought you might find it helpful as we wind down this year and look to the new year that is just around the corner.
For 2021, may we dare to hope for a reduction in the spread of Covid, the speedy delivery of an effective vaccine, and the return of those valued things we have set aside in our attempts to keep ourselves and others as healthy as possible.
Here’s that 2007 message on hope, one more time:
I’m sure you’ve learned a thing or two about hope over the years. You’ve probably hoped for positive test results on an exam (medical or academic), for a soulmate with whom you can share life’s joys and worries, and (from the sublime to the very practical) for a primo parking spot when you’re late for an appointment.
We know a lot about hope where I live here in Saskatchewan.
- Farmers seed the land every spring in the hopes of a bumper crop.
- Mining companies prospect and drill deep in hopes of finding oil, potash, diamonds and uranium.
- Roughrider fans hope every year for their team to make and take the Grey Cup.
Sometimes those hopes and dreams come true, and sometimes they don’t.
Here are some of my favorite quotes on the powerful uplifting life force that is hope. Tuck some of these words in your pocket so they may lift your spirits in the days ahead.
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. – Anne Lamott
The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. – Marian Zimmer Bradley
Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent. – Mignon McLaughlin
Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. – George Iles
Hope never abandons you, you abandon it. – George Weinberg
Do not spoil what you have by desiring which you have not; but remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus
He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. – Arabic Proverb
Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. – Swedish Proverb
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. – Joseph Addison
While there’s life, there’s hope. – Cicero
From our family to yours, I wish you and a safe and hopeful holiday season.
Big News From The Pauseworks Studio Gallery:
This pandemic of 2020 has put a huge dint in our lives – restricting our ability to gather, to travel, and to feel safe and at ease in the world.
To help us get through this final month of what seems like a very long year, I‘ve created 31 original paintings in a series called, Glimmers of Hope.
Each image peeks through a window at the positive feelings and exciting adventures that we hope will once again be ours to experience – hopefully sooner rather than later!
The colors of the window walls and the scenes they frame all vary; but each image features a shiny, round iridescent ‘glimmer of hope’ that does in fact sparkle with possibility.
Tropical Travels, shown here, is #1 in the series. It was inspired by time spent in the Caribbean, Hawaii and French Polynesia.
Each 5” x 5” painting is watercolor on paper mounted on a 6” x 6” mat board.
The one-of-a-kind paintings are priced at a very reasonable $50 Cdn (plus $5 to cover tax & postage).
These gems are perfect as a gift for yourself, or as a way to instill hope in the lives of friends, colleagues and family members.
The first person to send an email my way (to firstname.lastname@example.org) claiming each painting will be the successful purchaser.
One new painting in the Glimmers of Hope series will be released each day throughout the month of December.
You can follow along by checking the daily posts on my Facebook and Instagram pages.
Or if you would like to be sure to see all of the one-a-day paintings, subscribe to the art blog on my Pauseworks Studio website. Just look for the sign up form in the footer of any web page.
I hope you enjoy admiring and acquiring these Glimmers of Hope as much as I enjoyed creating them
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