Every day another tragedy - they come thick and fast, leaving us unable to comprehend why. The world seems to be in chaos with fear and uncertainty prevailing. Hope seems to be in short supply.
Way back in 1859, Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities - 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.' It could just as easily have been written about today as about then, and about many times in history.
We are living in desperate times, but however dark the situation, there is always hope.
We have a choice. We can choose to believe that we can help create a better world, just as on a personal level, however difficult our circumstances, hope helps us shift our perspective so that things can change. Out of pain and suffering comes new possibilities, when we choose to see things differently.
As our world reshapes itself we're experiencing the birth pangs of new beginnings. We have to let go of the fear and anxiety that are so widespread and replace them with understanding and compassion. We have an opportunity to create a society that works for all, where we act with integrity, responsibility and accountability. Each of us CAN make a difference. So let's choose to be hopeful about the future, optimistic yet realistic. Let's choose to break through rather than break down.