Hope... the breath of life. That's the slogan during this week long Celebration of Hope. This community-wide celebration is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the importance of Hope in all of our lives.
Schools, organizations and individuals are encouraged to celebrate Hope in whatever best fits your mission, and to choose a theme that best describes what Hope means to you. At KAIT, we "Hope" for Good News and Good Weather. We thought that slogan appropriate being we are your "good neighbor" television station.
Brenda Wiseman, Director of HopeCircle, recently shared an article with me regarding Hope. She writes,
"Sooner or later life introduces us vividly to our need for Hope. Some people believe Hope is an attitude, an optimism, or faith that everything will be okay regardless of the outcome. Every prayer is an expression of Hope."
Think about it... If you take away Hope, you're left with Hopelessness. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream."
Molly Ivins says it a little more lightheartedly... "I still believe in Hope - mostly because there's no such place as Fingers Crossed, Arkansas."
During this Celebration of Hope we look to the dandelion as our symbol. Why?
Because Hope is like the dandelion gently blowing across the fields; Hope flourishes in unexpected places and thrives in unfertile soil; Hope spreads rapidly and is very difficult to kill; And, Hope always brings a smile to the face of everyone it touches; Hope is - the breath of life.