Kids Corner: T.A. Barron – “Countdown to a Meaningful Life” Week 7: Hope

Wisdom of MerlinReadLove joins T.A. Barron for a special blog series to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. This seven-week countdown campaign will be based on Merlin’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”

Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.

Join with us each week as we focus on one of these magical words with supporting content that will help us acknowledge, reflect, practice, and get inspired to embark on a new adventure or live life to its fullest.

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To read about the other Magical Words, please visit these posts:

First Magical Word: Gratitude

Second Magical Word: Courage

Third Magical Word: Knowledge

Fourth Magical Word: Wonder

Fifth Magical Word: Belief

Sixth Magical Word: Generosity

The Most Magical Word of All: Love


Seventh Magical Word:

Hope

Excerpts from The Wisdom of Merlin:

“Hope requires courage.

“Blow on the embers of hope in yourself. Strengthen them into flames. For those are the fires where new worlds are born.”

“Whenever I feel touched by despair, I think about two good sources of hope. The first is young people…the second source is nature.”

Crocuses in SnowSnow and flowers at Rugova” by Nentori

Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Quotes on Hope:

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  Desmond Tutu

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul — and sings the tunes without the words — and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” Jonas Salk

Rainbow after storm

By Ben Njeri [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Hope In Different Languages:

  • In Chinese, to hope is xi wang.

  • In Dutch, the word for hope is hoop.

  • In French, the word for hope is espoir.

  • In German, the word hope is hoffnung.

  • In Greek, the word hope is elpida.

  • In Italian, the word for hope is sperare.

  • In Japanese, the word for hope us kibō.

  • In Spanish, the word for hope is esperanza.

  • In Swahili, the word for hope is tumaini.

  • In Turkish, the word for hope is umut.

Rebirth (6330282839)
By vastateparksstaff (Rebirth Uploaded by Albert Herring) [CC BY 2.0],

via Wikimedia Commons

Dawn Teresa’s Thoughts on Hope:

When I saw this week’s word was hope, without having read the famous quotes listed above provided by T.A. Barron, I started thinking of some examples. And as I prepared this post, I smiled, for among them I recognized my own first thought — this Emily Dickinson quote:

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul — and sings the tunes without the words — and never stops at all.”

Like Mr. Barron, I also look to nature for sources and evidence of hope. When Ms. Dickinson writes of singing the tune “without the words,” though she’s speaking of one’s soul, her metaphor comes from nature. Sometimes after a storm, you might see a rainbow. But one thing is certain, when the natural world which had hunkered down to ride out the storm reawakens, one of the first sounds we hear is birdsong. When dread silence is broken by that first lively chirp, we know everything is going to be okay.

Elsewhere in nature, we catches glimpses of hope: A sapling growing beneath the shade of larger trees which “impossibly” manages to reach out and find sunlight; blasted trees which continue to grow, or instances like the picture above where life springs from death; crocuses triumphantly bursting through a still snow-blanketed ground announcing that spring will not be held back. Outdoors, rebirth and renewal are everywhere. The great cycle of life is perhaps the most enduring promise of all. Just as winter fades to spring, a storm retreats to leave a beautiful rainbow, or new growth pushes out from ashes, the dark days of our own lives are also temporary. After night comes dawn. When we begin to despair, we must patiently wait in hope, confident that miraculous and beautiful, the steadfast morning will come, bringing with it new beginnings.


I’d like to thank T.A. Barron and Chelsey Saatkamp for inviting me to take part in this 7-week series. What a priceless journey it has been!

Readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please share in the comments below!

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