Hope. Is the Possible, Positive?
In the twelfth month of the calendar months, we come to HOPE.
It slips in, in time for possible neglect amidst preparation for holidays and travel. Our calendars fairly begging us not to add one more thing. Our minds juggling how to get the work done and still take time off. Our disposition a bit rushed for thinking about a word that seems to do what we would rather not . . . to look outside ourselves and believe that the possible is positive.
Few of us are encouraged to take time thinking about what we hope for. We are assumed to hope for personal happiness and the happiness of family and friends but how much time do we take to reflect on “what does make me happy” and do I know how to be hopeful about that? Hoping, for many of us, is little more than a thin wish for unspecific good. We may not even imagine we should waste time on any sort of hoping.
Yet we know that the greatest psychological predictor of perseverance, the helpmate of happiness, even the support for compassionate living are rooted in our capacity to hold hope, even when it may be elusive. That makes hope the midwife of living well. Hope is no lightweight. It deserves our attention.
I invite you to give yourself a valuable gift this December.
Take time to consider hope in your life.
Think more deeply about it than you may yet have done. Look at how it is or is not working in your life. Take it apart, so that you may put it back together in a way that makes sense and life more valuable and true for you. Talk about it seriously and ask whether what you hope for has real roots and real branches upon which to grow your life well.
Your investment in hope, a real, adult and grounded hope, will nourish you and renew your self-understanding. It will make clear what is foggy. It can increase the peace.
For all of us, that is what I am hoping.