The Art Of...Hope

We along with so many of you didn't sleep as well as normal earlier this week, with the news of tragedy in Boston and then a missing teen locally. If it wasn't for faith and a strong desire to search for good, I would live in a ball of fear. I do fear this world and the choices of some in it. I am mostly saddened by the tragic lives of some that lead them to evil and to causing pain on others; a correlation to what they've experienced in their own life I'm sure. It's not something I can dwell on or will ever have an answer to by dwelling on it. This world is simply made of good and bad and we choose which side to follow. Even when stages of our life are inevitably filled with bad, those are the days that we store extra strength for the future to learn and buoy up.

My entire life I've collected quotes and thoughts and the written word. I believe that hanging and repetitively reading positive thoughts makes a huge impact on our mind set. The problem is that I could fill an entire home with amazing quotes and still not be satisfied. The written word is powerful and so many have said it so well. I will never keep up.

When tragedy strikes, I often feel helpless, however the one thought that came to me was to fill my mind with positivity. To remember goodness and above all to have hope. Today, we share favorite quotes generously sent over by friends. Hopefully these words may touch your heart and help fill that void and that sorrow with something bigger.

Us //
"We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy." -Joseph Campbell

Melanie of Fifth & Hazel //

Header "Hope" Art, #unexpectedtype 

Ana of BlogMilk // 

"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all." -Emily Dickinson 

Ashley of I Believe in Unicorns // 

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." -Albert Camus 

Erin of Design for Mankind // 

“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” - Anne Frank

Melanie of You Are My Fave // 

"To all who suffer—to all who feel discouraged, worried, or lonely—I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in. Never surrender. Never allow despair to overcome your spirit. Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart." -Dieter Uchtdorf

Danyelle of Dandee Designs //

"Out of difficulties grow miracles" - Jean De La Breyère

Anna of In Honor of Design //

"TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction." -Howard Zinn


Anna @ IHOD :

Well I just got a good dose of hope from reading this. Thank you so much for putting it together!
:) Anna


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