“Our hopes, desires and ambitions are powerful forces existing within us for the shaping of the future. They are the generating forces that create the future. To lose hope or give up one's goals because of the setbacks of the moment is to diminish one's own life potential. Hopes, dreams, faith and a sense of mission enable us to open up our lives.” – Daisaku Ikeda
In this card, as the tsunami waves hit Japan, wiping everything in sight, a single individual wades through the waves carrying a beacon of light as if to say to everyone. “Never be defeated! Have courage! Have hope!” Even if we should meet with disasters and calamities, it cannot destroy our hearts. “ I am with you” with my deepest concern and compassion, I will never be defeated.
This message is crystallized in thoughts, words and action as a person holding a lamp, illuminating the Japanese flag and the lives of the people amidst the devastating earthquake, tsunamis waves and nuclear crisis.
It might seem as if this ordinary person’s efforts are not impressive, and people preoccupied with mundane affairs all over the world might not take the slightest notice of this heroic action, but what is important is the sincerity and the intent and the spirit behind each person’s effort.
It is time for each and every one of us to become that beacon of light and hope and take sincere action.
“Hope transforms pessimism into optimism. Hope is invincible. Hope changes everything. It changes winter into summer, darkness into dawn, descent into ascent, barrenness into creativity, agony into joy. Hope is the sun. It is light. It is passion. It is the fundamental force for life's blossoming.”- Ikeda