“If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.”         

–Joseph Addison

Hopes are not idle wishes; they are things–goals, ambitions–for ourselves and others that we believe to be within our or society’s reach. Hope inspires us to act, not to wait. Otherwise it was Addison describes or what characters in Eugene O’Neill plays called pipe dreams. Hopes have our part in them–what we will do and sacrifice to realize them.

Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Saturday and Sunday, Stacey will be selecting TODs from the archives of past postings. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like. It will be good for you, good for poets, and order from your local community bookstore and it will be good for them too.