Hope

Wow.
I was walking to work. It's November in Southern Saskatchewan. It's most definitely winter, brrrr... but we have sun today, which makes everything feel perfect. I know it's going to be un-sunny and cold beyond my worst nightmares soon, probably tomorrow, I mean let's face it... but feeling the sun on my face today makes me happy in this moment and I like that. It's like a weird hope that grips you when you know it's hopeless.

This is what I saw today, and I think this little plant agrees with me:


Life pushing through the snow. Really, I don't have to say more.

Ever see something that pushes you to try harder? What inspires you to live? Now that is determination and  hope when really, there shouldn't be, but of course, hope is a bugger like that isn't it? Ever have hope grip you when deep down, you knew it was hopeless?

12 comments:

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

We had snow last week. This week the temperature is up so much that they mowed the lawn this morning. So weird.

Richard said...

No snow for me. I went out on St. Johns Bluff, the highest point in Jax., Fl,overlooking the St. Johns River, and did some plein aire drawing. My hands were quite cold, a bit much perhaps for drawing, but I gutted it out. Got to get my drawings done for school, which ends in a couple of weeks.

Angela Brown said...

It is in those times when things seeem most hopeless that the presence of hope is like a beacon in the dark. You can't but react to it by reaching out to it, for it, grasping with all your might for that light to shine brighter.

That's the beauty of hope.

Suzi said...

We've only had a few inches of snow, and it's melted. Probably won't be much longer til it sticks though.

Last night was beautiful here. Thirty-five degrees. No wind. Calm. Crisp. Cool. I love that.

E. Arroyo said...

There's no snow, but there's no sun either. Or at least that I can see. I find hope everyday in my kids, especially the youngest. Everything is possible in a child's eyes. =)

Trisha said...

I am one of those weirdos who envies people who get snow. ;) We don't get snow here, ever. And it's pretty much aaaaaaaaaaalways sunny. Booooring. I love a good cloudy day :)

Valentina Hepburn said...

Waiting for snow here in the UK, but it's so mild everyone is wondering what's going on. Plenty of flood warnings though - we get lots of those on our little island.
Hope's a funny thing. We all have our down moments, and usually a song on the radio or a reminder it's nearly Christmas always gives me hope and cheers me up. I'd like to put fairy lights on my house now because I love 'em but that would be a bit mad. I'm waiting for the first house in our street to light up with Santa on the roof or chains of sparkle. Then I'm going for it!

Pk Hrezo said...

Hey your blog looks great!

I think your post represents what a lot forget to do--take time to notice the inspiration all around us. Nature does this for me all the time. There is so much we can gain from being quiet and observing. :)

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Tanya - I so wish we had snow; your photo is beautiful. Life does seem to find a way in the most difficult of circumstances. Thanks for the inspiring reminder!

city said...

thanks for sharing.

Shallee said...

Beautiful post. I find that when I need it, something like that comes along to inspire a little hope!

vbtremper said...

I was having one of those mornings when I left for work. I was so close to tears and felt completely annoyed and overwhelmed. Then, as I pulled out of my driveway, my current favorite song came on the radio. I acknowledged it with a smile and sang along. My mood was much improved after that.

-Vicki