Amanda Suarez

Hope, Day Five (28th)

Thursday, December 28 “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” — Albert Einstein Today’s Excerpt: What do you hope happens next week? Read this fable about hope of unknown origin, possibly Chinese or Sufi Some frogs were traveling together through a forest when two of the frogs fell into a hidden deep, dark …

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Hope, Day Four (27th)

Wednesday, December 27 “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.” — Hellen Keller Today’s Excerpt: What do you hope happens tomorrow? This Too Will PassA student of meditation complained to his teacher about his practice. “Everything is going wrong!” he said. “I’m full of distractions, my legs ache, …

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Hope, Day Three (26th)

Wednesday, December 26 “In all things it is better to hope than to despair.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Today’s Excerpt: Sentence stem: “I feel the most hope when…” Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that things can get better. During these times it doesn’t feel like there is anything to look forward to and you can’t …

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Hope, Day Two (25th)

Monday, December 25 “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” — Paul, Romans 8:24 Today’s Excerpt: What gives you hope for a better future? The story of Christmas is a source of hope for millions of Christians around …

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Hope, Day One (24th)

Sunday, December 24 “Peace on earth, good-will to men!” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Today’s Excerpt: The Story of Henry Wadsworth LongfellowOn Christmas morning in 1863 the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow felt despair. His wife had died two years earlier in a tragic fire, and he learned his son had just been injured terribly in …

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Kindness, Day Seven (23rd)

Saturday, December 23 “The sage has no interest of their own, but takes the interests of the people as their own. They are kind to the kind; they are also kind to the unkind.” — Lao Tzu (Taoism) Today’s Excerpt: One of the strongest commonalities in wisdom traditions around the world centers on the golden …

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Kindness, Day Six (22nd)

Friday, December 22 “No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” — Aesop Today’s Excerpt: When is it easy to be kind? Read this story about a traveler who showed kindness to a dog. Kindness Toward Animals(Adapted from the Muslim Hadith) Once there was a traveler who was in dire need of …

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Kindness, Day Five (21st)

Thursday, December 21 “And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” — Anne Frank Today’s Excerpt: When is it hard to be kind? Watch “The World Needs More Love Letters” (4-min video) from Random Acts of Kindness Foundation about how one person turned their suffering into an opportunity for kindness. …

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Kindness, Day Four (20th)

Wednesday, December 20 “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — Dalai Lama Today’s Excerpt: Sentence stem: “One person I can be kinder to is…” Sometimes it’s hard to think of a kind response in the moment. Read these situations and decide: what is the kindest thing you could do? One of your friends …

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Kindness, Day Three (19th)

Wednesday, December 19 “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” — Harold S. Kushner Today’s Excerpt: Who is one kind person you know? What do they do that’s kind? Read the following story for an example of showing kindness toward …

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