“Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.  No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
~ Dalai Lama

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My thoughts and prayers are with those that suffered in yesterday’s tragedy.

I happened to have shot this flag this past weekend.  The wind was blowing and it was waving frantically and it looked luminous in the sunlight against the blue sky.  I was trying to catch the wavy movement and the nice yet bright light.   Flag aside, this is not a post about patriotism per se.  No us against them.  For all we know, the Boston atrocity may very well have been carried out by an American.   I love my country but also realize that each country has its own issues and problems, some more problems and issues than others. This post is more about people and hope.

It’s difficult to see the world seemingly coming apart at the seams….acts of senseless terrorism on innocent human beings like that which occurred yesterday in Boston, images of polar bears trying to stay afloat on a 3 foot square of ice due to melting icebergs,  concerns about megalomaniacs starting a nuclear war, etc.  There are a lot of things to worry about these days if you spend too much time ruminating.  The war against good vs. evil, man vs. nature has always been around and you have to believe that the better good will always rise up to overcome.  So you remind yourself that there is so much good in the world and have hope that the majority of times, the much more prevalent good will win out over the bad and that the negative can be overcome by the positive.  The Dalai Lama has it right; losing hope is the real disaster in any negative situation. Hope is the manifestation of possibility, which can turn into probability, which can turn into reality.

Choose to hope.


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