Monthly Archives: June 2010

THE CAPACITY FOR HOPE

Willy Vlautin’s hard-luck tale is a celebration of sorts of the human spirit’s tenacity, writes Steve Walker .

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WILLY VLAUTIN speaks for the dispossessed, the down-at-heel and out-of- luck in America. In particular he is a voice for the discarded and disempowered young. While his view of their lives is of a bleak cycle of poverty, victimisation, aimlessness, abuse and petty crime, underneath this almost crushing weight there is hope. It may only be a tiny spark but it exists and it is that flicker that keeps them going.
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TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY

From Soweto street kid to a poster boy of hope – I don’t know what it feels like to grow up at home, says Modise How did one of South Africa’s footballers go from Soweto street kid to poster boy for hope?
Teko Modise shares his remarkable story with Own Slot

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Sharing Some Quotations on the Power of HOPE

“I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey…
I asked for health, that I might do great things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, thaT I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things…
I got nothing I asked for – but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among men, most richly blessed!”
– Roy Campanella

“We judge a man’s wisdom by his hope.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Lord,
Give us forgiveness for the past, strength for today and hope for (in) the future.”

“From the depth of the valleys, in the deserts of despair, there is hope… as there is the unquenchable oasis of the human spirit… always.”

– craig
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Love and Hope

Stories of the redemptive power of love. And despite everything, trials, ordeals, love triumphs. It doesn’t matter what happens… love endures.

In this work, hope and love strive for expression, even amongst the despair and the darkness… and ultimately triumph.

And each ONE of us can shine a torch, a light that helps overcome the darkness in the world.

It is the new dawn that has broken
“The spring of hope is eternal and will never run dry.”
– craig
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HOPE

“We are moving from an era of resistance, division, opression, turmoil and conflict… and starting a new era of hope, reconcilation and nation-building. I sincerely hope that the mere casting of a vote… will give hope to all South Africans.”
– the words of Nelson Mandela at South Africa’s first Democratic election on 27th April 1994 at Ohlange High School in Natal Province, where John Dube, the founder of the African National Congress in 1912 was buried)

Let this be your task, let this be your greatest joy: to give back to themselves…even in their darkest hour.”
– adapted (slightly) fromn Neale Donald Walsch (‘Conversations with God 3’)

“I wish you well on a rainy day
I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
to remind you that happiness can happen
when you least expect it.

I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
to show you the simple beauty of life
and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

I wish you rainbows
I wish you well
– Larry S. Chenges
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Sharing a Few Thoughts on Faith

“If I can throw a single ray of light across the darkened pathway of another;
if I can aid some soul to clearer sight of life and duty, and thus bless my brother;
if I can wipe from any human cheek a tear,
I shall not have lived my life in vain while here.
If I can guide some erring one to truth, inspire within his heart a sense of duty;
if I can plant within my soul of rosy youth a sense of right, a love of truth and beauty;
if I can teach one man that God and heaven are near,
I shall not then have lived in vain while here.
If from my mind I banish doubt and fear, and keep my life attuned to love and kindness;
if I can scatter light and hope and cheer, and help remove the curse of mental blindness;
if I can make more joy, more hope, less pain, I shall not have lived and loved in vain.
If by life’s roadside I can plant a tree, beneath whose shade some wearied head may rest,
though I may never share its beauty, I shall yet be truly blest
— though no one knows my name, nor drops a flower upon my grave,
I shall not have lived in vain while here.”
– Anonymous (thanks for sharing, dearest mom… your vibrant and “wacky” spirit lives on through these words)

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Article Title: Sharing a Few Thoughts on Faith

“If I can throw a single ray of light across the darkened pathway of another;
if I can aid some soul to clearer sight of life and duty, and thus bless my brother;
if I can wipe from any human cheek a tear,
I shall not have lived my life in vain while here.
If I can guide some erring one to truth, inspire within his heart a sense of duty;
if I can plant within my soul of rosy youth a sense of right, a love of truth and beauty;
if I can teach one man that God and heaven are near,
I shall not then have lived in vain while here.
If from my mind I banish doubt and fear, and keep my life attuned to love and kindness;
if I can scatter light and hope and cheer, and help remove the curse of mental blindness;
if I can make more joy, more hope, less pain, I shall not have lived and loved in vain.
If by life’s roadside I can plant a tree, beneath whose shade some wearied head may rest,
though I may never share its beauty, I shall yet be truly blest
— though no one knows my name, nor drops a flower upon my grave,
I shall not have lived in vain while here.”
– Anonymous (thanks for sharing, dearest mom… your vibrant and “wacky” spirit lives on through these words)

Today, don’t just try to make a living… try to make a difference

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