deliberately work against the downward pull of hopelessness


I am impressed by the following quote of F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.  One should, for example, be able to see things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise.”  When we feel hopeless it seems impossible for us to even entertain the idea of hopefulness since they feel like they exclude one another!  Life’s hopeless moments can seem to us like an unsolvable puzzle and at one time or another I’m sure all of us have wished that our life had come with a User’s Manual.  And yet I think that the artist Al Hirschfeld was onto something when he said, “Living is an art, it’s not a science.  You make it up as you go along.”  The problem is:

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