November 4, 2023
Our hearts are heavy.
So many troubles in the world.
Whether we are directly impacted by current events or not, holding on to hope right now seems hard, very hard. Even talking about hope can feel frivolous, as if we are denying the realities spilling around us.
And yet, here we are preparing for our next micro-retreat on Hope and struggling like others to know where to find hope and how to hang on to it.
We’re reading, we’re listening, we’re thinking, we’re reflecting. Here’s a little of what we’re working to understand.
In 2016 Rebecca Solnit wrote about living in challenging times. Seven years later her words continue to offer a way to approach hope:
Maria Hill, owner of Sensitive Evolution, highlights the social dimension of hope. Writing for Life Hack, she points out:
Barbara Kingsolver has said it. Lea Ypi, an Albanian author, echoes that idea. In an interview for The Guardian Ypi explains:
And here’s Kingsolver’s challenge
In Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (2016), Solnit tells us:
We are settlers on Treaty 13 Land, the traditional territories of many Indigenous Nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples from across Turtle Island. We are committed to honouring the history this land bears witness to, responding to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and walking lightly on the Earth. A portion of proceeds from all our offerings are sent to: The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and The Nii’kinaaganaa Foundation.
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