Where We Find Hope

Birthday Cupcake

Hope – it is the title of this week’s photo challenge, the meaning inherent in its featured image.  For Sara Rosso (the challenge photographer), hope is seeing that spark of life clawing its way out of the gutters, ruled by the determination to both survive and face any obstacle that might prevent its happening.  For me, hope is watching my youngest nephew celebrate his first birthday – remembering him as a crying newborn, watching him now as a happy toddler, and picturing him as he will be when he becomes a young man, capable of wielding the power to change the world around him for the better.  Hope is the new life each year brings us: the assurance that the future is brighter than it appears, and that even out of the darkest places in life something wonderful can occur.  May you never lose sight of yourself, and never lose hope.

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