“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.”

“Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the souls of people into the glorious light of truth, the light by which women and men can only be made free.”

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

Fredrick Douglas (I818 – 1895)

Hopeful Quote and Story of Hope:

“I’m not foolish or prideful to think that I can change the world,

but I refuse to accept that I can’t help.”

Jamario Farr, Sr

Some well said words that capture what all of us can do to bring Hope From the Bottom Up

for us, our families, our community, and the world as a whole. I found these words in the news story below:

COMMUNITY CONNECTORS: How six Racine men became 'THE REAL' to local youth

By Ryan Patterson November 28, 2022, Racine Journal Times

From left: Racine Unified Connectors Johnny Ford, Troy Collier, Joshua Mosley, Jamario Farr, Sr, Galen Horton. The men are liaisons between students, teachers, administrators, families, law enforcement, and community members who want to help students grow. Photo by Ryan Patterson

RACINE — Six men gathered earlier this year to determine principles crucial to their work.

They chose trustworthy, honest, empathetic, respectful, equitable, attentive and loving. The first letters of those words spell out the acronym THE REAL. As Racine Unified community connectors, authenticity is a key part of the around-the-clock job.

The role of community connectors defies easy description, but the men broadly assist students with life inside and outside of school. They are liaisons between students, teachers, administrators, families, law enforcement and community members who focus on gang diversion and disciplinary intervention at the middle school and high school level.

“We’re the bridge of services,” said Troy Collier, Mitchell K-8 school community connector. To read more, click on this link: https://journaltimes.com/news/local/education/how-six-racine-men-became-the-real-to-local-youth/article_1c850590-5633-11ed-99d0-6f4e0ba9558a.html?utm_source=journaltimes.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletter-templates%2Fdaily-headlines&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_content=01bd8f4bbd87b1b8e02791bc07ac6336d5dd61a8

The Arts/Quotes:

I am not sure whether the words below are a poem or a quote and where the poem/quote came from. But I really like it. Here it is:

We’ve been

infected with

this idea that love

is an emotion only felt

between two people.

But love is universal.

An energy.

A contagious force.

A gift.

To offer money

to a homeless person is to love.

To save a worm from

the sun is to love.

To smile at a stranger is love.

To be grateful,

to be hopeful, to be brave,

to be forgiving,

to be proud, is to love.

Hopeful Quotes

“Hope is that virtue by which we take responsibility for the future.”

Jane Goodall

Virtue is a word we don’t hear often in today’s society, but the Latin root word virtus means strength.

Virtuous women and men possess a quiet dignity and inner strength.

"This is the true joy in life, the "being used" for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the "being a force of Nature" instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is not a brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." George Bernard Shaw    Submitted by Margaret Hershey

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

"There is enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed." Mahatma Gandhi

"Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness." Tolstoy

“Nothing worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.” Reinhold Niebuhr

“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy

“ While the world is filled with suffering, it is filled also with the overcoming of it.” Helen Keller

"I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love.' Baha'u'llah

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Carl Sagan

"Our work is to build the capacity of citizens to be responsible and to become builders of community" Peter Block

“Keep Good Going”

One of our website readers sent this to me. This is a line from NY Life Insurance company advertising. I am not promoting their products, but I like the theme. Here is a video of one of their commercials built around that theme. https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ZERJ/new-york-life-super-bowl-2020-love-takes-action#

“Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” St. Francis of Assisi

“Forgiveness is mandatory; reconciliation is optional.” Mister Rogers