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Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul.  Emily Dickinson


Hope is like a road in the country. There never was a road, but when many people traveled it, it came into existence.    Lyn Yutang

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.     Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.       G. K. Chesterton

There is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides.   John
Stuart Mill


Change means something good is coming, — even if I don’t yet understand all it will mean.   Joe Sherer, Missionary Messenger, November 2011

Until God opens the next door, praise him in the hallway.   Orebela Gbenga


You’ll be amazed how much distance you can cover taking [life] in increments. Little things add up; inches turn to miles, We string together our efforts like so many pearls, and before long . . . you have a whole string!”


Staying the Course  by B. J Gallagher quoted in Wednesday, October 12, 2013 entry in Daily Devotional: The Word for You Today


Distance lends enchantment to the view,” explaining why events of our youth are enveloped in such a rosy cloud.    Laura Ingalls Wilder,  Little House in the Ozarks

Travel helps one see “how [American] ways look from a distance.”  Molly Hughes, A London Family   (1870-1900)


“. . . concentrate on breathing to quell the mind’s restless forays into the past and future.”  Geoffrey Cowley, “Stress-Busters: What Works” Newsweek, June 14, 1999.

Quiet zone low light, deep breaths . . . ah!

Quiet zone, low light, deep breaths . . . ah!

Try to let go of being in a state of readiness.  Yoga instructor, October 2, 1999.


Have courage in the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.       Victor Hugo

‘Tis the Season:

from It’s a Wonderful Life. Clarence the Angel leaves a reminder for George Bailey: “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.”

Add a quote or respond to one you’ve just read. I look forward to your comments! And I will always reply.

Below is the link to my entry in the Gutsy Story Contest now in progress on the website of awarding-winning memoirist Sonia Marsh:

My Gutsy Story: Rising Above the Pettiness to Focus on the Positive