Generosity in quotes: David J. Lose

“. . . while optimism assumes things will soon get better, hope testifies that whether things get better or worse yet ultimately God’s good will for us and all creation will prevail. And rooted in that promise, we can take action today, standing with the good, opposing evil, and doing what we can, not because […]

Generosity in quotes: Paul Rogat Loeb

“Those who make us believe that anything’s possible and fire our imagination over the long haul, are often the ones who have survived the bleakest of circumstances. The men and women who have every reason to despair, but don’t, may have the most to teach us, not only about how to hold true to our […]

Generosity in quotes

“Despite the uncertainties of our lives, I’m puzzled why Americans don’t feel more optimistic. Liberals and conservatives seem equally morose. It’s unfashionable to be upbeat. Perhaps in our rapidly changing world, pessimism itself is an anchor. It makes us more sure of ourselves, knowing that bad things will inevitably happen to someone, somewhere. It should […]

Thumbs down to pessimism

A few posts back,  I gave the thumbs up to a Time Magazine article hailing we Americans as more prone to hope than despair. But wait. Time now reports that our nation’s “optimism bias” is eroding. A Time/Aspen Ideas Festival poll reports that Uncle Sam’s nieces and nephews are “having trouble finding the pluck and […]

Thumbs up to optimism

An article about optimism in a recent issue of Time magazine reminded me of how blessed I am to travel in the company of people of hope –people who’ve chosen generosity over stinginess and who hold lightly to the material things of life. For the most part, leaders of faith-based organizations are optimists. They not […]