Universal Understanding

by Dawne on July 2, 2010

There is a thread over at the Square Circle Forum about quotes to live by. Immediately one of my favourtie quotes about hope sprang to mind:

“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” Barbara Kingfisher

There’s just something about that sentiment that has stuck with me since the day I first stumbled upon it. I think part of the reason why is because it’s not merely an idealistic notion to soothe us when we’ve had a rough time. Instead it is a call to action with an implied belief that what we hope for does lead to positive change.

Clearly there is injustice and suffering in our world but we are here also. You and I are here; we matter and we are not without power to act, to live right in and under the roof of our dreams, and thus to make what we hope for our reality.

I had been reflecting on this very notion, of hope as a virtue to be practiced daily, it was swimming around in my head when I went out recently to run an errand with my husband. He was driving so that I could knit, of course ;) and we drove by a church. I was knitting a square for Knit-A-Square and just happened to glance up at exactly the right moment to read the marquee as we drove past.

All people smile in the same language.

I was struck by the profound truth in that simple statement. A smile is a universal form of communication. It costs nothing and increases in value the more you give it away. There are so many ways to smile, so many thoughts to communicate. A simple smile is often the start of something really wonderful. Hope is that which sustains the wonderful things in our world and keeps our batteries charged to continue working for a brighter tomorrow.

Today I want to share some of my favourite Knit-A-Square smiles as a reminder that living right inside what we hope for makes a difference.

The young boy on the right reminds me of a neighbor we had years ago. Our friend had a bit of a mischievous streak in him and was as clever as the day is long.

This young lady’s smile reminds me of my own daughter when she is laughing and full of joy.  It reinforces my hope for the future to see such joy on the face of an orphan.

I like how the small smile in the left hand picture reaches the young boy’s eyes.  Seeing him wrapped up in his blanket reminds me of what my great-grandmother always said about her crochet work.  She made all 30+ of her grandchildren blankets because she wanted us to have a hug each day, even when she couldn’t be there.  Our KAS blankets are concrete reminders that these children are precious, that they matter very much. They are hugs the children can wrap themselves in each night.

Thank you to all who are knitting squares and to those who have been able to support our work with a monetary donation. Without each of you Knit-A-Square could not reach out to orphaned and vulnerable children, and the world would be less without their smiles. Thank you for not simply admiring what you hope for from a distance.

Till next time,

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jana July 5, 2010 at 03:12

Those smiles are priceless!

Kalai July 6, 2010 at 04:20

Beautifully said Dawne. Thank you for this, I shall remember to smile today!

Jeni Nesbitt (Harrisons Mom) July 12, 2010 at 10:04

Thank you Dawne, that was beautiful. My eyes have filled up at the thought of the hugs I am stitching and I remember the message in the last ezine (I think) about the little girl who couldn’t get out but felt the hug from her KAS blanket.
Happy and hearty stitching everyone.

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