Reflections about Choice

Carol A. Hand

If not me, then who will challenge oppression
The most powerful tool I have
Is a sincere and honest question
If you had the power
What kind of world would you create
If you thought it was possible
If you believed it was not too late

Photo: Living on a Commune – 1976

My responsibility is to give hope a voice
How others respond is really their choice
Each of us has our own path, gifts, and task
Mine today is merely to ask
If you had the power
What kind of world would you create
If you thought it was possible
If you believed it was not too late

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About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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20 Responses to Reflections about Choice

  1. “My responsibility is to give hope a voice”
    ~ In a world of growing hopelessness, hope needs lots of voices. Thank you for being one of those voices.

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  2. Lovely and so thoughtful, Carol. Thank you.

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  3. Carol, I lik this so veery much. Do you think you could link it to my Senior Salon next Wednesday?

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  4. A world where peace, love and social justice for all prevail. ❤

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  5. Beautiful poem and powerful question, Carol. And what is perhaps the most troubling is that we each have the power already. If each of us used it and spoke up, the sound would ripple over the world. ❤

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  6. smilecalm says:

    i can’t imagine
    a world
    your compassionate
    voice, Carol 🙂

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  7. sojourner says:

    I couldn’t respond to this yesterday, I didn’t have the words. But a long-dead poet gave me the words today:

    “To live, free and single like a tree
    but in brotherhood like a forest
    this longing is ours.”

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  8. Ken Dowell says:

    We need to “give hope a voice” more now than ever.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Rajagopal says:

    If all hopes are given voices, as you contemplate Carol, it will surely be a world without divides, and with equality in opportunities.

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