“Mothers are by nature very cautious in all things—particularly when it comes to our kids. We want to be savvy in our judgment and realistic about our expectations. We will be cautiously positive, cautiously optimistic because we know that the world is a terribly harsh place for us and for our kids. None of us wants to feel any more hurt than we need to. But the problem for most of us mothers is that we avoid hope. We refuse to be hopeful in the name of realism. We don’t want to believe false things; we want to confront life as it is. Since we see it as largely negative, we choose to see only negative. Life feels safer that way. The problem is, we lose hope because being hopeful feels frightening. And it can feel foolish. Having hope is an act of the will.”

Meg Meeker, The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity
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