Gates of Hope

Photography by Terri Pouliot

“Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of self-righteousness … nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of ‘Everything is gonna be all right,’ but a very different, sometimes very lonely place, the place of truth-telling, about your own soul first of all and its condition, the place of resistance and defiance, the piece of ground from which you see the world both as it is and as it could be, as it might be, as it will be; the place from which you glimpse not only struggle, but joy in the struggle — and we stand there, beckoning and calling, telling people what we are seeing, asking people what they see.”

–Victoria Safford


With the new morning
comes hope,

The one day of the year we sanction ourselves
to begin with fresh optimism
and approve the releasing of disappointments,
and sadness of yesterday.

The hope is the thing
that fills our heart with anticipation
that perhaps anything is possible
and this will be the ‘Year’.

May all your hopes and dreams come to fruition.
Your intentions create action.

My sincere wishes for a beautiful New Year!


This morning’s lovely reminder that today is a gift.