Our Power in Hope

by: Kaitlyn and Sarah

It’s been a rough week. The Boston bombings and consequential manhunt, Texas explosion, MIT shooting, various other college shooting threats, earthquakes, gun control debate in Washington…This has left us all with exhausted feelings of fear, disappointment and hopelessness. Because how can there be hope for any of us after all of this? How can there be any hope that these events just won’t keep piling up as they have all week? How can there be hope for humanity?

It’s hard. There’s no doubt about it. We’re obviously positive people, but you can’t help but think, “What on earth has our world come to?”

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But there’s power and hope in that question. You see, it doesn’t matter what our earth has come to, it matters where it is going. So what are we going to do about it?

Are we just going to sit back after this week and think, “Well, this world sucks”? Because that certainly isn’t making the world any less sucky. The hope for the world lies in us, the people, and as long as we keep embracing a hopeless attitude, the world will continue to be a dark place.

Each and every one of us has the power to make this world a little brighter: participate in random acts of kindness, smile, tell a stranger you like their shirt, care.about.each.other.

If each one of us lights up the world a little bit, together we can create a spark of hope throughout the world.  A hope that this world needs.

Hope is a powerful word. Even the definition causes a smile to creep across our faces.

  1. A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

  2. A person or thing that may help or save someone.

  3. Grounds for believing that something good may happen.


Number three, in particular, is so perseveringly poignant. We have to believe that something good will happen. Out of each downfall, something good will come.

Hope is a powerful action. Having hope is something none of the people that caused any of the destructions had. Because, if they did, I don’t think any of what happened, would have happened. Having hope means having the stick-to-itiveness to believe something good can come out of everything, even tragedies.

Hope is a powerful feeling. Hope feels like a balloon filled with getting a letter in the mail, finally thinking of that thing that’s on the tip of your tongue, and Christmas morning, all being popped at once. I feel bad that the people who caused all the destruction couldn’t feel that.

Hope is powerful.

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