Hope is not the absence of tragedy

“Hope? Hope is not the absence of tragedy, my friend. It is the conviction that tragedy can be endured (Travis Beacham).” Like most Americans of a certain age, I can’t see the date of September 11 without thinking of 2001. And, like most people, thinking of one tragedy reminds me of others. Sometimes, it is possible to respond to tragedy with a steadfast belief in a better tomorrow that comes into crisp focus in the mind’s eye. And sometimes, it’s all we can do to know this too shall pass, and to know that we can hold on until it does.

Hope? Hope is not the absence of tragedy, my friend. It is the conviction that tragedy can be endured

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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