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If you can look at the sunset
and smile, then you still have hope.
If you can find beauty in
the colors of a small flower,
then you still have hope.

If you can find pleasure in the
movement of a butterfly,
then you still have hope.

If the smile of a child can still
warm your heart,
then you still have hope.

If you can see the good in other people,
then you still have hope.

If the rain breaking on a roof top
can still lull you to sleep,
then you still have hope.

If the sight of a rainbow
still makes you stop and stare
in wonder,
then you still have hope.

If the soft fur of a favored pet still
feels pleasant under your fingertips,
then you still have hope.

If you meet new people with a
trace of excitement and optimism,
then you still have hope.

If you give people the benefit
of a doubt,
then you still have hope.

If you still offer your hand in
friendship to others that have
touched your life,
then you still have hope.

If receiving an unexpected card
or letter still brings a pleasant
surprise,
then you still have hope.

If the suffering of others still
fills your with pain and
frustration,
then you still have hope.

If you refuse to let a friendship
die, or accept that it must end,
then you still have hope.

If you look forward to a time or
place of quiet and reflection,
then you still have hope.

If you still buy the ornaments,
put up the Christmas tree
or cook the turkey,
then you still have hope.

If you can look to the past
and smile,
then you still have hope.

If, when faced with the bad,
when told everything is futile,
you can still look up and end
the conversation with the
phrase... "yeah...BUT.,"
then you still have hope.

Hope is such a marvelous thing.
It bends, it twists, it
sometimes hides, but rarely
does it break. It sustains us
when nothing else can. It gives
us reason to continue and courage
to move ahead, when we tell
ourselves we'd rather give in.

Hope puts a smile on our face
when the heart cannot manage.

Hope puts our feet on the path
when our eyes cannot see it.

Hope moves us to act when
our souls are confused
of the direction.

Hope is a wonderful thing,
something to be cherished and
nurtured, and something that will
refresh us in return. And
it can be found in each of us,
and it can bring light into the
darkest of places.


NEVER LOSE HOPE!


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