"Actual reality is the only place where actual joy is to be found. If joy is delayed until a preferred future comes about, we set ourselves up for despair. But if there is hope in THIS day. Joy in THIS reality. This life. This body. This heart, then certainly we can prevail."
This quote led me to an article by Nadia Bolz-Weber, who describes herself as "Foul-mouthed for a preacher, grammatically challenged for a bestselling author, surprisingly hopeful for a cynic." Read the rest of her article containing the above quote, which was inspired by living through the pandemic but pertains to lots of situations, here.
One more quote from it:
...The “Stockdale Paradox” is the ability to hold two opposing but equally true things at once:
You must have faith that you will prevail in the end
And at the same time you must confront the brutal facts of your current reality.
On another topic, but also the same topic: Sending love, as always, to Haiti