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Hope Springs Eternal

December 31, 2013

I’m for anything that motivates people to do healthy constructive things for themselves. As for “New Year’s Resolutions,” Webster’s defines resolution as… “A firm decision to do or not to do something.” Goals are important; achieving them is a whole other story.

When the odds of accomplishment are realistically hope-less and you know it (i.e. buy a million dollar co-op, lose 40 pounds by July 4th), where then does motivation to even take on the job come from?

From hope.

Luckily we have a never-ending supply of hope, that internal encouragement that comes from some inner place to make us believe we can reach our goals. But it’s not always easy to tap into.

My own proof of that is my grandfather Murray, who spent five years in labor and concentration camps in the Holocaust having literally near-death experiences every day. He was vastly outnumbered and vastly outgunned as he watched his world and his hopes crumble daily. Yet he survived, he says, because every day he had hope. Hope that one day he would have a wife and children and more family to replace all those who were killed. With all that the Nazis had taken from him, hope was the one thing they couldn’t exterminate, because it was where they couldn’t reach, that spark of spirit that created and nurtured hope like a tiny ember needed to start a fire.

So, hope comes from spirit. As to the source of that spirit? Beats me. But I know it, I’ve seen it and I hope I always will.

Happy New Year!


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  1. Oh boy…now she’s gone and done it. She’s re-discovered –on her own, and in the rough– Kant’s category of mind, Jasper’s “self” and Thomas Merton’s “source of faith”.

  2. I am a strong believer in hope. I feel that hope is crucial to mental and physical survival as evidenced in “What Papa Told Me” – the story of your beloved Grandpa’s story of survival through great tragedy and horrific loss. His hope didn’t mean he would never experience sadness ever again. It did mean he would live on to have love, family, love of family, and many wonders that life has to offer.

  3. Mark permalink

    just read this to folks. wonderful. read to my new friend, a world war two buff. boy can he talk. downstairs at pool. also read to their aid she wants a copy in email. if u are at work. can you send out a couple copies in mail. address it to Yvonne care of. I told her I would do it. but can you just print and send three copies before u jump on a plane.

  4. marilyn permalink

    Murray & Toby look good & are looking forward to your visit.
    When will you be speaking at the synagogue?
    Can’t wait to see you,

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