“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” ― Thomas Merton


Hope is the space beyond the current moment. Hope is born of what is yet to come.

Hope is not satisfied with the status-quo, refusing to settle.

Hope is the kite, tenaciously soaring through the air, parting the wind with fortitude and gusto.

Hope is a vision, a dream, a desire, a yearning. Hope is worth living for.

Hope is anticipating the next step; the next season of life’s journey.

Hope is waiting, longing, anxiety, courage, discomfort, peace, and patience – all at once.

Hope is the expectant mother, counting down the days to the mysteries of new life.

Hope is the possibility that she just might like you back.

Hope is the soon-to-be empty nesters, wondering what a new normal will hold.

Hope is a big sister, who eagerly waits to meet her baby brother.

Hope is a treatment plan after discouraging medical test results.

Hope is the newly-admitted student, ready to embrace a new school; a new community of belonging.

Hope is the slight tug on the line; not quite fish on, but surely headed that way.

Hope is the engaged couple, in the throes of planning to do life together.

Hope is the college applicant, waiting to hear news of what possibilities await.

Hope is trusting that darkness gives way to light; that newness will emerge.

Hope is the ball player, determined to bring his team to victory.

Hope is the small-business owner, having to make agonizing decisions, wondering how to make ends meet.

Hope is the grieving process, as those who mourn seek to honor loved ones in death.

Hope is the dying, who believes that death gives way to new life.

Hope is the sun, breaking through the clouds.

Hope is knowing that whatever comes next, God is ever-present.

Hope is the relentless teacher wading through remote learning, longing to be truly present with her students.

Hope is the Headmaster, striving to care for each child, family, alumni, and employee in his charge.

Hope is the Chaplain, praying for the health and well-being of them all.


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Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory day school located in Tampa, FL, for boys and girls in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Approximately 1,380 students gather here from the greater Tampa Bay area to form ONE Berkeley.