“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott

Took a quick drive through the town where I grew up — right through a neighborhood that was hit hard by a tornado last year. Mother Nature’s wrath has left some highly visible scars on many buildings in this small area — windows are still boarded up, rubble is scattered about and many things are generally in a state of disrepair. It’s a sad sight to be sure. But I did see just a few little hints of goodness here and there, including this graffiti and a random jack-o-lantern in a window.

Day 30 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Something that brings you hope.

Answer: What a great way to bring these 30 days to a close: with hope. I’m a big fan. To me, each new day represents hope. Because each day brings with it new possibilities. A chance to start over — to learn, grow and get it right. To repair what’s broken or just start rebuilding. A chance to work, a chance to rest. A chance to love and be loved. A chance to notice new things and appreciate the world around you. A chance to pray and say thank you.

Hope looks different each day, ranging from “I hope I can just get out of bed today” to “I hope I always feel this happy.” But each day is a chance to tap into our reserves and do the best we can. The absence of hope is one of the places I fear most. I’ve heard about it and I pray none of us pay it a visit.

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