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“Hope” – A Spoken Word Performance by John Steven Olander

Hope
Written November 18, 2020
by John Steven Olander

It’s hard to keep your attitude straight
When daily you are forced to wait.
Everything takes so damn much time.
A quarter might as well be a dime.
What can I do?
Where should I go?
Is it going to rain or snow?
It’s not too long before you’re thinking,
Ah, what the hell.
I’ll just start drinking.
Disaster’s pending with every sip.
A sip, a drink, a guzzle, and then you trip!
And so begins the predictable fall,
And you’ll be mocked by one and all.
But don’t give up.
Your chance is not gone.
From the Spirit above your strength is drawn.
So take a deep breath, and sit still.
Realize that hope and desire create
All you will.
But as with any arduous climb,
It requires a goal, resolve, lots of time.
So concentrate on your goal
And ignore the problems at hand.
Dig in, grit your teeth and
Journey hard to the Promised Land.
To live the life you want to live,
You’ve got to be committed to give, give, give.
And if you feel like you want to whine,
Just help somebody else out.
You’ll be fine.

Spoken word by John Steven Olander.

Videos shorts by Thuan Vo, Fundacja Dla Biebrzy, Zaidoopro, Alexander Helbig from Pixabay.  

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Gems 6.88

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“Very often, you know, you stop walking because you say, ‘Well, I’m tired of climbing this hill. I’m never going to get to the top.’ And you’re only two steps from the top.”

-Morgan Freeman

A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I collaborated on a birthday card for Morgan Freeman.  While watching his show, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, I learned his birthday is on June 1st.  I began following him on social media, and yesterday he posted something on Instagram:

@morganfreeman
You are never too old to have a revelation.
#blacklivesmatter
Artist: @jalel_ronin

This gives me hope. Grateful for another soul teacher today.

♥.

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“They know all of our triggers and when and where to push them. They teach us how to forgive and how to overcome fear, anger, and frustration, and all of the other barriers that we’ve constructed to love. Our families often teach us the greatest lessons about love with both their presence and their absence, their kindness and their cruelty, and even when that love has to be offered from a distance.”
Sherri MitchellSacred Instructions:  Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change.

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6.85 John Lewis Civil Rights photo by Hettie

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“As some of you know, when I was very young, had all of my hair and a few pounds lighter, I marched. There were people who said that we’ll never get a Civil Rights Act, that we would never get a Voting Rights Act, but we marched. We were arrested. We were jailed. We were beaten, but we didn’t give up! You must not give up. But I’ll tell you one thing that we all can do — we ALL can do — is continue to be what I call “The Beloved Community.” We are one people. We are one family. We all live in the same house. Not just the American house but the World house. We are all brothers and sisters. It doesn’t matter whether we are black or white, Latino, Asian American or Native American. We are one people. We are one family. Maybe our fore-mothers and our forefathers all came to this land in different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.”

-Congressman John Lewis in a speech on June 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”  ―Barbara Kingsolver

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“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”  ―J.R.R. Tolkien

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“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein