The thing I find most remarkable about this morning's announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize going to President Obama is that the committee recognized him not so much for what he's already done but, rather, for demonstrating a deep sense of committment to peace and restoring a deep sense of hope in the hearts of people around the world.
They're saying that offering people hope is an heroic act, and I think that's pretty rad. We tend to be a concrete and literal people, so to step out this way, to recognize the value of empowered and inspired possibility, is quite a leap. And not that far from our mission as children's writers, don't you think?
Anyway, here's the poem all this brought to mind this morning...
Of History and Hope
by Miller Williams
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