Strength, Courage, and Hope


May 1st, 2013

Howard Thurman Photo

Boston University has recently experienced multiple tragedies and a few weeks from commencement, it seems that our community is in a paradox of both mourning and celebration. We often turn to the words of Howard Thurman when we cannot fully verbalize what we are feeling and thinking. Dr. Thurman wrote of this paradox:

All experience strips us of much except our sheer strength of mind, of spirit.
All experience reveals that upon these we must not finally depend.
Brooding over us and about us, even in the shadows of the paradox, there is something more –
There is a strength beyond our strength, giving strength to our strength.
Whether we bow our knee before an altar or
Spend our days in the delusions of our significance,
The unalterable picture remains the same;
Sometimes in the stillness of the quiet, if we listen,
We can hear the whisper in the heart
Giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.

~Howard Thurman
Meditations of the Heart

In the last few weeks and in the weeks to come, there has been and will be a need for strengthcourage, andhope. We would like to extend our condolences to our community, especially those directly affected by recent tragedies. We would also like to congratulate our thousands of graduating students, who will go to all ends of the earth to do amazing and wonderful things.

With peace and love,
The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground

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