“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”

Have you ever noticed that our darkest thoughts happen about 3 am? Last night, my mind swirled with anxious thoughts triggered by the uncertainty in the world right now.  I tried all sorts of mindfulness and relaxation tricks to clear my head and get to sleep. Nothing worked. Eventually, I gave up and read a book.

As luck would have it, one of the first messages I read on my phone this morning was this quote by Desmond Tutu:

photo of ocean waves hitting rocks with Desmond Tutu quote, "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness

In my heart, I know we’ll get through this. We’ll grow from this challenge. We’ll take less for granted. And we will heal.

As humans, we always have two choices. We can focus on hope or we can focus on despair. Many are afraid and suffering now, but there is light behind these clouds.  Especially if we pitch in to help where we can.

So at 3 am, I’ll try to find hope and possibility instead of staying stuck in darkness. Wishing you and your family love and good health in these difficult times.

PASS IT ON. Jessica Speer’s BLOG focuses on helping kids and families thrive. Posts offer simple ideas to help kids and families connect & foster healthy relationships. If you know someone who might appreciate this content, please pass it on

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Author and Advocate for Kids and Families

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