Today’s Word: ‘Hope’ as in… “Hope is definitely not the same as thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well. But the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.” So said Václav Havel. Oh, my…
Hey friends, if I could encourage you to do one thing today, it would be to listen to Krista Tippett’s interview with Jonathan Rowson. It will make your day, quite possibly your weekend. Along the way, it’ll just blow your mind. In the interview, Krista and Jonathan talk about (among other things) hope and the frequent distance between what we believe to be of value and our behavior; how we move between sometimes practicing what we preach and not doing that.
Near the end of the interview, Krista references a nearly transcendent thought from Václav Havel, who put that thought into words like this:
“Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success. But rather an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. The more propitious this situation in which we demonstrate hope the deeper the hope is. Hope is definitely not the same as thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well. But the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.”
That took me right back to yesterday’s thought: “We’ve learned to experience joy for no apparent reason.” It seems to me that the kids in this picture have both hope and joy. That blows my mind.
Here’s the interview: