Hoping BIG

Kevin Rudd former Prime Minister of Australia

Kevin Rudd former Prime Minister of Australia

Good Evening, God!

A dear friend sent me a link to a TED talk by the former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd. I found it so inspiring that I copied phrases and promised myself I would do a blog on it. The talk was about US/China relations . . . and now that China’s economy has hit a bit of a bump . . . that topic seems even more important.

But what inspired me was that he was encouraging all of us to hope. HOPE! Imagine that, God!

He urged us (and I took it as ALL of us) to engage in a “Constructive Realism for a Common Purpose”.

Gosh, God, I remember vividly being in college and being introduced to a negative version of GeoPolitics . .  .causing me to drop a great deal of idealism and probably hope, too.

After all these years it is so strengthening to hear a leader (or anyone!) speak of working together for a common purpose.

Hearing him say that triggered a deep longing inside me. I long for our Honolulu community to work together to address and lessen the problems faced by the homeless. I long for the  world to do a better job of working together on climate traumas and the traumas of violence triggering Waves of Refugees.

Mr. Rudd said that “the Heart must find a way to reimagine possibilities . . . [creating] a dream for all humankind. What a CALL! A call to HOPE and to put feet on that hope. I think, God, that HOPE is one of the key ways that You nourish us. It is a priceless foundation for every good work.

And as Vaclav Havel said, “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”

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