Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

One of the many memorable quotes from one of my all time favorite movies "Shawshank Redemption".  Based on a short story written by Stephen King, from a book of 4 short stories all of which are amazing and totally not what you would expect when you first hear who the author is. 

That movie with it's blurred lines of who was a "good" guy and who was a "bad" one; which reminds us that oppression thrives with fear and stagnation, came to mind as I read about the protests in the Middle East.  Looking at these events from a far I see a moment of great hope.  Hope that the young people of these nations will embrace a move forward and not toward another more vile and oppressive regime.  A hope that this propels that area to the realization that hate is the biggest oppressor of all and that liberation comes through freedom from the fear of moving forward.

Much like Andy wrote to Red "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies" .....I too choose hope and am thankful that I have the ability to choose anything at all!


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