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Here are some quotes I noted about hope from movies:


Bunraker 2010

Love is temporary (Woody Harrelson's part)

Hope is eternal


There is no hope (Josh Hartnett's part)

Life is a circle


Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. (President Snow in Hunger Games 2012)

A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it's contained.


Losing all hope was freedom. (Fight Club 1999)


I believe hope springs from the heart. It comes with the word "maybe." It lives and breathes whether you are at the top of the mountain or at the bottom. If you have never run into it, felt it, or come across hope, it's most likely fear or other dark feeling sitting on it. If we can say maybe it will, what if, or it could be, we become brave enough to hope and not give up.


There are many stories about people who have been given terminal diagnoses and lived; people that turned failures into successes. Many have defied the odds. Harrison Ford was told he didn't have what it takes to be a movie star – he was a carpenter. Boy, they were definitely wrong. Helen Keller quoted, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, an American author, political activist, and lecturer.


Hope is life and losing fear is freedom. I have to agree that it's eternal, it's strong, but losing it would be death. Life is a combination of hopes and dreams and reality. It's important to be in the present and keep our hopes and dreams intact while we do our thing.


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I love to collect quotes or pieces from books or movies that strike me at the moment. It's the expectation of opening an envelope and seeing what's inside, or it tickles your fancy in some way, and mostly it's memorable leaving its mark. It's been said that every novel read changes you and some parts stick and you find yourself tagged for the moment immersed in a meaning or feeling.


From A Ghost A Witch and a Goblin by Scholastic Book Services, illustrated by Rosiland Fry, 1970: The Good Aunt says to her niece "Because you are so brave and so good, you will be stronger than all the wicked creatures you may meet." From Baba Yaga – a Russian witch story.


This gives me a dose of courage every time it's remembered, a feeling of being safe. At first, I thought about how I might have been good throughout my life, but brave was new to me. I've taken good and bad risks and remembered having courage once in my life when I removed myself from a very long standing marriage. Love had disappeared, and I couldn't continue to be unloved. I struggled, like being caught in a vat of taffy not able to move, afraid to get out and not knowing how to. That fear to make a change sat on my courage that was always there waiting to open the door to a happier and better life. I knew a powerfully deep peace I've never felt before after my decision. When my sister-in-law told me that doing so took much courage, I realized I must have the courage she was talking about which never really dawned on me that I was courageous until that moment. So, when I read this line from the story, it gives me a lift inside and reminds me of the good done in my life and where I was brave, and I'm not afraid like before, knowing I've learned to trust myself a little more without thinking that I'll fall backwards, and that I can make better choices in life. I am reminded to question when something's good for me and whether a risk is a good one or too risky, and to surround myself in that light and in the light of forgiveness that this story line incurs. I love that it's a challenge to strive for goodness and to be brave and promises a reward.


If you are a middle grader or young adult, you may have had to get out of situations not best for you, or move away from danger, or from friends not suited for you who may be troublesome or might pressure you into doing something you know isn't right or don't want to do. By tuning into your feelings in these situations and what you're sensing that doesn't feel right, you can begin to trust yourself learning that walking away is not so bad. And if it is, you can and should reach out for help.


And remember that all acts of courage are heroic. Each act is neither big nor small. There's nothing small about courage in any way. Like in the saying it's all good, it's all brave. And courage is the rarest of gifts. And anything so rare, is huge.


I hope this piece of the Baba Yaga story reminds you of your goodness and bravery and that you come to treasure it as much as I do.


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