Sometimes we have to transplant hope. To physically move it into the dark corners of our lives when we cannot see anything but destruction. Sometimes the destruction is within us: our medical disease, our prejudices, our failure to act to right a wrong. Sometimes it is out there in the world: discrimination, hatred, violence. But as human beings, we need to hope. If we don’t hope, we are immobilized by exhaustion and fear, and our necessary vision and creativity desert us. That’s when we need to remember that sometimes it takes effort to summon hope. It takes some digging, some watering, and then some care and attention in order to see it thrive. It’s easier when hope simply springs up unbidden and is there when you need it. But other times we have to go searching for it and then physically transplant it. It may at first look out of place amidst the destruction. But that is where it is most desperately needed.
Published by Hannah Keene
Author of ZebrasChild, a blog creating a community where those of us with immune deficiencies and other chronic health conditions can share our setbacks and triumphs. Photography, singing, writing, humor, and sometimes even denial are my greatest coping strategies. Also taking walks with my dog Zoe the miniature schnauzer and her best friend Teddy the labradoodle. View all posts by Hannah Keene