Life is hard, it can be cruel and at times unexplainably unfair. It’s filled with darkness, with cruelty and injustice.
You turn the TV on to see bad news story after bad news story. Disasters strike and government leaders don’t care. The best and most loving people fall ill.
This kind of darkness is enough to make you crawl under the bed covers to seek comfort from a different kind of darkness – the sticking your head in the sand kind of darkness. The ignorant bliss kind.
Or maybe you feel the pain of it all, your heart is heavy, your blood boils hot. You want to fight everyone’s fight but you simply can not. Instead, you feel sick with anger, in a bad mood, quick to get mad and take it out on the people you love most.
It’s all too much, it’s too sad, the world seems broken, spinning wildly off its axis and it’s getting worse.
We see you, we feel you. We feel this heaviness big.
And the only way we get through it and continue to feel joy… is to focus on the only 2 choices we have.
Love or Fear.
Because in our hearts, we know the truth. That there is always light with the dark… but sometimes we need to open our eyes and hearts a little wider to find the light. We need to believe in the light and believe in love to feel it.
Next time you feel the anger and darkness, we encourage you to try come back to love and by doing this you’ll create passion.
And what this passion gives us is hope.
And this gives us drive to take action, to become part of a solution.
Emma + Carla
15 quotes to give you hope through the hard times
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― The Alchemist
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
“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.”
“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
― Bradley Whitford
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.”
— Iain Thomas
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
— Albert Einstein
“The human being is born with an incurable capacity for making the best of things.”
— Helen Keller
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
— Helen Keller
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
— Maya Angelou
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Man’s Search for Meaning
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
— C. S. Lewis
“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.”
— Alexandre Dumas
“It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.”
— John Guare
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