To Work for Something Because it is Good

“Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.” – Vaclav Havel

In our line of work, we hear and talk and write about hope a lot.  Hope for treatments or a cure for blindness or epilepsy or lupus… Hope for fairness and equality for those too often persecuted and excluded because of their race, class, sexual orientation, or religion… Hope for food for the hungry, good schools for our children, safety, clean air and water, protection for the animals we love…

When I stop to think about it, there seems to be an endless list of things we are hoping for all the time.  But I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  I believe that more than most people, those of us who work in or on behalf of nonprofits understand the real meaning of the word “hope,” as Havel describes it above.  Every single day we are able to witness and work alongside many people determinedly working for something because it is good.

What good work did you do this year?  Tell us about it… And thank you for your good work!

– Lisa Swayze

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