10 hopes to quietly set aside in 2016


Short List: Start the new year afresh – or don't

8th January 2016
By Oscar Rickett


The hope that you will atone for the mistakes you have made


The hope that you will one day learn the songs of the birds and beasts


The hope that there is a greater freedom


The hope that washes away all fears


The hope that all roads will lead to her door

Sad-looking dog, by Stewart Black

The hope that conquers ambivalence


The hope that environmental catastrophe is not inevitable


The hope that you will get an A-Level in French


The hope that the ghosts we carry with us will give sound financial advice


The hope that others will not diminish hope

Image by Stewart Black via Creative Commons 2.0


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