“Hope is not an emotion…hope is not optimism.”

— Mariame Kaba, We Do This ’Til We Free Us

“Optimism is a state of mind in which you are hopeful that things will turn out well.”

— William J. Knaus, Ed D, The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression

“In the world we live in, it is easy to feel a sense of hopelessness, that everything is bad all the time, that nothing is going to change ever…I understand why people feel that way. I just choose differently. I choose to think in a different way, and I choose to act in…