Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A good quote

I wanted to share a quote that struck a note for me personally. I've been reading and trying to understand hope in most of my blogs since I lost Myles. Why do we hope, what is it, can I hope again? And double whammy, did I mention that this quote was from Barack Obama's victory speech (yipee) in Iowa?!

"But we always knew that hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary [emphasis added], that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it."

It doesn't answer any of my questions (there are no answers), but it felt timely and poignant, and it made me feel like I might be able to hope again. (Of course now I can claim Obama is talking to me from my tv too, which is always a plus. I'll use that to persuade others in the Nebraska caucus on Feb. 9th, LMAO).


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Lisa b said...

I saw this quote as you posted it in a comment and I love it too.

anarchist mom said...

I like it because it reaffirms what I already knew. My hopes were not naive. I did put in the time, energy, etc., and even though they didn't pan out, it doesn't mean the effort was for naught.