There is something so wonderful about this quote
by Jennifer Selig (from her book Thinking Outside The Church).
I think it speaks to both our human nature and holding onto one's hope. I just love it.
"Hope Blossoms" mixed media triptych
each 6"x6" created for the Freeport Art Museum's Mini-Masterpiece Exhibit
May 6th, 2011
To me this piece is about the hope we all hold. The blossoms are literally sharing this message. These pieces were truly evolved over time. I used many papers I have been saving for years to create the dimension and heavy texture. Also used Swaziland postage stamps to send a message or a postcard about hope to the viewer. I have a collection of stamps that I acquired for the "Message from Swaziland" series. These hope blossoms represent my hope I witnessed while on my journey to their for AIDS Walk Africa in the summer of 2008....I will always keep that hope in my hope chest.
Here is that wonderful quote if it was difficult to read in the piece:
"Inside all of our chests there lies hope tucked away.
Some hopes are buried deep at the bottom of those chests, for they have been there forever,
but other hops are new, afterthoughts almost, placed on top for easy removal
in case they should be replaced by new hopes.
Some people keep their hope chest locked up because they feel too vulnerable to reveal their contents,
but others will give you the key or open it for you and invite you to look inside.
There, if you examine the content of their hope chest with gentle eyes,
you'll see revealed the magnitude of their spirit, because there is a sacred marriage
between the human spirit and hope."