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A story well told can lift up your hearts
And help you forget all your sorrows
It can give you the strength and the courage to stand
And face all your troubles tomorrow.
For there’s wisdom and wit, beauty and charm
There’s laughter and sometimes there’s tears
But when the story is over and the spell it is broken
You’ll find that there’s nothing to fear.
~~Mike Jones, The Storyteller
It is April 2021 and we are still trying to come to terms with Covid. A year of living with masks, a year of living with restrictions we never ever dreamed could be imposed on us. Some of us have experienced the virus, some of us lost loved ones; the atmosphere around has been one of gloom and despair. But live we must. While the past year has had many negatives, there have been positives aspects as well. Parents have got the opportunity to work from home and a chance to spend time and get to know their children. Many made use of the time and discovered talents they never knew they had. And everywhere the tribe of hope whisperers has been busy at work trying to see the silver lining and giving hope to us all, that these times are but a temporary phase and we will get through it together.
Look around you. Have you seen a hope whisperer?
The hope whisperers are shape shifters who take many forms. Sometimes they are “Hope-finders.” When all else looks miserable, these look within themselves and around them. They find hope in tiny little things one cannot imagine.
Then there are those who “Live with hope”. They are hopeful that times and situations will change for the better.
And then, there are those who are the “Spreaders of Hope” or givers of hope. They are the ones who gently keep chanting “this too shall pass, this too shall pass…”
This tribe of hope whisperers or storytellers has been working silently to bring cheer. In this edition, we bring you a medley of stories and experiences from the lives of a few such whisperers of hope.