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Be a prisoner of hope

india Updated: Apr 05, 2010 23:40 IST
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South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has all the goodness about him. This has resulted in his latest book, Made for Goodness. Tutu’s beauty lies in the celebration of life based on dreams and hopes. His favourite words: “I am a prisoner of hope.”

Only hope gives Tutu reason and the strength to live and struggle for a world that is worth living in. His hopes and vision of a good world is: Where there is equality for all, where no one goes to sleep hungry, where love and compassion rule supreme.

Bad people in the world, however mighty and wealthy they may be, have to bite the dust. They die a dog’s death with no one to weep for them, and a lot happy on their exit.

Tutu’s hopeful nature has enabled him to have complete faith in the Almighty. He has no doubts about God, even though he is angry at times with Him for all kinds of injustices in the world, for the kind of oppression millions have to put up with.

The Bible has been a constant guide for him, and his whole philosophy of life is based on it. What impresses him the most are the verses that tell us of Christ happily embracing crucifixion only to let all sinners have a chance to live.
This reminds me of what inspirational writer Auriela McCarthy wrote in The Power of the Possible: “Allow hope to take you over. Allow hope to reign.” We know that hope sustains life. Hope should be the first resort and never the last.
Hope is like a catalyst that boosts your confidence to work harder until you reach your goal.

Live on hope and sleep in hope. Hope that your darkest period is but like the clouds that hover around and disappear. Hope that change is bound to come, and your share of good days are there for sure. Hope that you have the ability, the strength and the will to wade through the darkest tunnel and come out a winner. Believe that you are never hopeless.