Welcome to another issue of Hints of Hope (formerly Motivation Monday’s). In a world crawling out of a global pandemic and on the brink of World War III. Not to mention our own daily challenges and struggles, we all could use a little hope.
The image above is the gravestone of our daughter Samantha, who died thirteen years ago. Every March we bring the family to the cemetery and launch balloons in her honor and memory. And every year, I’m reminded that life is a gift, and not owed to anyone. Let’s make a generous contribution while we are able.
I do this newsletter in my little corner of the world and internet to bring hope. Maybe you’re a struggling writer who needs a little inspiration or tips to get that book finished. Or maybe my book or film recommendations will help through a difficult season of life. Or maybe, just maybe, a quote or poetry I share you’ll carry around for a while to settle an anxious heart.
I’m not always sure how hope works in practical terms, but I know it often shows up in unexpected places. And I know like Andy Dufrense said in Shawshank Redemption, hope is connected to resurrection and never dies:
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
Perhaps in the anger and venom and noise of a fractured world, some light will shine through. Hints of Hope will become something you look forward to each week. Or not, we’re all adults here, and you can do what you like.
Anyway, here are a few things from my attention collection to share with you this week.
Grace, peace, and more grace...
From My Writing Vault
I took my teenage son to see the new Batman film. Let’s say I might have shed tears.
A poem from a Civil Rights activist Howard Thurman about Jesus
Leo Tolstoy on the artist’s mission:
“The artist's mission must not be to produce an irrefutable solution to a problem, but to compel us to love life in all its countless and inexhaustible manifestations.”
James Baldwin on the artist’s vocation:
“The artist is distinguished from all other responsible actors in society — the politicians, legislators, educators, and scientists — by the fact that he is his own test tube, his own laboratory, working according to very rigorous rules, however unstated these may be, and cannot allow any consideration to supersede his responsibility to reveal all that he can possibly discover concerning the mystery of the human being. Society must accept some things as real; but he must always know that visible reality hides a deeper one, and that all our action and achievement rest on things unseen. A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven. One cannot possibly build a school, teach a child, or drive a car without taking some things for granted. The artist cannot and must not take anything for granted, but must drive to the heart of every answer and expose the question the answer hides.”
Music: Father John Misty’s new album
The Prolific Creator: I took a hiatus for a couple of months. But, I have three new interviews ready to launch this month. Stay tuned!
The MLK Tapes: fascinating look at the assassination of MLK.
I enjoyed this Tweet about Daylight Savings
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