May 30, 2020

Dear Hope Nation,

Alone in the world, I’m afraid, Kevin Costner’s movie “The Postman” is one of my favorites of all time. Without going into a plot summary, Richard Starkey, the president of the Restored United States of America, has a saying:

“Stuff’s getting better every day.”

I know it’s not the most eloquent thing a leader ever said, but I’ve held it close to my heart ever since I first heard it. The quotes below may provide you with a stuffed animal to be clutched when things seem hard.

I hope so.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” Tom Bodett

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  Nicolas Chamfort

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”  Rumi

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
Anne Frank

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Everything passes, but nothing entirely goes away.”  Jenny Diski

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Robert Kennedy

Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.”  Ana Claudia Antunes

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” Martha Graham

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” Kenji Miyazawa

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.” Josh Billings

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” Chinese Proverb

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi

“What good is living a life you’ve been given if all you do is stand in one place.” Anonymous“

“When you bring peace to your past, you can move forward to your future.” Anonymous

Faith is moving forward even when things don’t make sense, trusting that in hindsight everything will become clear.” Many Hale

“I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.” Mike Rowe

 “Set your goal and keep moving forward.” Georges St-Pierre

 “Life goes on – whether you choose to move on and take a chance in the unknown or stay behind, locked in the past, thinking of what could’ve been.” Anonymous

24. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr

 “Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.” Gordon B. Hinkley

 “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” Anonymous

Painting – anonymous

“Health is not valued till sickness comes.” Thomas Fuller

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn

“Health is the greatest gift.” Buddha

“Health is the crown on the well person’s head that only the ill person can see.” Robin Sharma

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Mahatma Gandhi

“A healthy mind does not speak ill of others.” Anonymous

You matter. I matter. We matter.

Keith