Plugged in to Hope

Albert Schweitzer reminds us that “at times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.” Hope is the lifeline to what comes next, it is “the argument that refutes death, the genius that invents the future” in the words of poet Lisel Mueller. Yet hope is neither guaranteed nor automatic. Our resilience depends on the “We” to which we belong, on the community to notice us and to provide the spark we may need. We need each other to get plugged in to hope. And it takes practice to help light that flame – within us and within those around us.

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