Snow bound on Shabbat

Breathe in focus, Hold, Think. Breathe out.  Smile and say “Ahhhhh” or thank you. 

ABOUT THE PICTURE   The storm of 2012 as viewed from my little patio.  Fuzzy because it was too cold to stand and focus.  We did not get to Shul today, but last night Denver son was able to take a break from plowing  and supervising plowing to eat Shabbat dinner with us and then catch some sleep before heading out for a long night.  He is middle management for a landscaping company and that means when the snow comes he works until all is cleared. He worked most of Friday, all of  last night and most of today.  Means he has made his February numbers and all in the first week.  So that gives some satisfaction.  Those who rely on the plowing business for a living, loved snow storms.  On to the topic.

The Weekly Photo Challenge Theme supposedly changes each Friday, but unless I missed  something and yes that is very possible, there is not new challenge yet.  So thought I would continue on the topic of Hope.

TOPIC  35  HOPE AND THINKING ABOUT WHAT MATTERS   Taking the easy way out.  I earned the right, remember, I am soon to be 75.  The easy way? Quote hunting.  So here some that gave me pause.

Stars will blossom in the darkness, Violets bloom beneath the snow.  
                                                                                                              Julia Dorr
Hope works in these ways:
it looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst;
it discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot;
it regards problems, large or small, as opportunities;
it pushes ahead when it would be easy to quit;
it “lights the candle” instead of “cursing the darkness.”
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well
but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
                                                                                                         Vaclav Havel
Faith walks simply, childlike, between the darkness of human life
and the hope of what is to come.
                                                                                    Catherine de Hueck Doherty
Even the cry from the depths is an affirmation:
why cry if there is no hint of hope of hearing?
                                                                                                                  Martin Marty

STAYING STRONG TIP:  The lastreminded me of the importance of listening, of just being there, and hearing.  Most of those I know who are of little faith and hope, still ask why and wait for an answer.  Even when we cannot give certainty, we can always give affirmation and hope.  “I don’t know, but I have hopes.” has seemed to work well for many.

FUEL MY HOPES:  Be kind to  me,  get kindness badges for you, and help others get and stay strong.  Kindness is an Emotional Fitness Exercise.  Click here for all 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Training Exercises.

IMAGE BY: me, who else would claim such a fuzzy job.

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