Greetings Friends,

In these difficult times for the world, it is important to remember the power of HOPE. In October, Jane Goodall's new book "The Book of Hope: a Survival Guide for Trying Times" was released. It seemed so appropriate at the time, but her messages are even more motivating now. Here are two of her ideas:

"Hope is often misunderstood. People tend to think that it is simply passive, wishful thinking: I hope something will happen but I am not going to do anything about it. This is indeed opposite to real hope which requires action and engagement." The second is "Hope does not deny evil, it is a response to it."

Certainly President Zelensky and the Ukrainian citizens are showing real hope in the face of evil and are inspiting so many of us to look at our world differently. Winston Chirchill said "All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope." Today's circumstances give us pause to think about the meaning of these simple words and how our individual actions can lead to be a better world.

As a final thought for today, Tom Bodett offers this: "They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."

We hope that these quotes are useful to you as you contemplate your own situation this month. There is always some little thing each can do to make the world a better place. March is always a hopeful month because we know spring is coming and the world is renewed once again.

We feel blessed because we have so many wonderful customers and as always, we are grateful for your support and feedback. Take care everyone: be safe, stay well and be on the lookout for hope!

 

Meredith, Brent and Carrie