Hope. This year – 2017 – I decided that I would focus on hope and make it a priority to stay positive in all the varied aspects of my life. Since then, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about this post and trying to figure out how to convey all of the things I want to you. I’ve wracked my brain and started this a hundred times in my head. But, if I’m being completely honest, I have also been fervently avoiding this post.
You know how when you ask for courage, life tends to give you all kinds of terrible challenging things to be courageous about? Or you ask for patience and life presents you with trials that make you feel… not so patient? That’s kind of how I am feeling right now about hope. Sometimes I just don’t feel very hopeful. Sometimes I think it would be better to pull the covers over my eyes and pretend the world doesn’t exist from the comfort of my bed.
Perhaps that is just it, though. Perhaps hope (and love and gratitude) is not meant to be a feeling so much as it a choice. Perhaps hope means dragging yourself out of bed when you’d rather stay hidden.
In 2011, Michelle Obama addressed a group of young women leaders in South Africa and said “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” She goes on to say that when people start asking questions and begin having these conversations… these are acts of hope and the ripples grow exponentially outward from there.
So, I guess what I am saying is that if the world is overwhelming, and you know you can’t solve all of the problems you dearly wish you could; If there seems to be no good or joyful thing to keep you going; If you’re struggling – choose hope. Choose to crawl out from the protective covers of bed and begin again. Find a thing that you care about,or a thing that gives you peace and let that be the first stone dropped into the water and watch how the ripples spread. Your question or thought or passion may ripple so far that you become a source of hope for someone else who needs it.
In the coming months, I implore you to find your hope and spread it around like wildfire.