Finding HOPE despite the heartache

Shine Internship - HOPE Series

by Elané Pretorius, Shine IOP Intern, 2021


It’s been more than a year since lockdown started. Some days we are sad, the news is bad and those around us are somewhat mad. Yet, if we shine the light on HOPE we’ll find it all around.


To me HOPE is…


THE NURSE

holding your hand so that you are not alone or afraid. Sitting with you hours after her shift ended.


THE FARMER

who continues to farm and pray for rain despite a seven-year drought.


THE GRANDKIDS

face-timing their grandparents and ending the call with “see you soon”.


THE FEELING

of the sun on your skin after weeks in hospital.


THE GOGO

who hands out her sanitiser to passengers in the taxi so that they don’t get sick.


THE COMMUNITY

of Azaadville coming together to prepare meals for families struck down with Covid.


THE SOUTH AFRICANS

making plans, starting businesses, supporting each other and finding humour in even the darkest of times.


Our beautiful South Africa with all its people represent HOPE.


For every heartache we’ve experienced as a country there is an even brighter, more rememberable day that soon follows.


I think we often focus more on the hopeless stories than what we do on the hopeful.


I’ve challenged myself to find one piece of HOPE in each day. Will you do the same?


 
 

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