What’s Your Handle Going to Be?

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) was an American evangelist who became famous on the lecture circuit. This 19th Century Christian minister had a keen mind and was skilled at using humour and common language to appeal to his audiences. This quote bears witness to Beecher’s ability to use imagery to communicate an idea effectively. Continue reading “What’s Your Handle Going to Be?”

How Critical Is Optimism?

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

~ Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an American author, political activist and public speaker. She was the first person, both deaf and blind, to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The play and film, The Miracle Worker, recount the now-famous story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through her disabilities and taught her to communicate with the world. As a member of the Socialist Party of America, she campaigned for women’s suffrage and other social causes. Continue reading “How Critical Is Optimism?”

Is Anyone Unloveable? Unpardonable? Unbelievable?

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton was an English writer (1874-1936), philosopher, lay Christian theologian and poet among other things. He has been called the “prince of paradox’ – in that he was fond of making statements that contradicted themselves – yet may be true. I believe that this quote is one of his paradoxes. Whether it is true or not, its value lies in the fact that it provokes critical thought. Chesterton is defining what it is to love, to forgive, to believe, and to hope. Each of the four definitions is a paradox unto itself. Continue reading “Is Anyone Unloveable? Unpardonable? Unbelievable?”

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