“You will do something outside yourself, something to repair tears in your community, something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself, but for one’s community.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Fall begins tomorrow. There are just 66 days until Thanksgiving and 95 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? As I thought about it, I felt a sense of joy. I love the holidays! I’m looking forward to the festive fall decorations, family gatherings, seasonal food, menorah lighting and Christmas lights. It is a time when the world turns from its selfish bent to a time of giving and giving thanks. It is a time of joy and a time of hope. It is a hope that we as a people can be better, be just and kind, truthful and compassionate, strong and loving, cheerful and optimistic. It reminds me of a community, a world that “can be”. It is a hope.
Hope. It is a powerful thing that is often underestimated, undervalued and underused. Hope powers us to go beyond ourselves, shatter artificial ceilings, endure painful hurdles to reach the finish line and wake up each day renewed to go on. Hope is transformational fuel. Fixing our mind on hope literally changes us. Our outlook, efforts and character are changed when we hope. The science behind hope is real. Hope causes the brain to release neurochemicals called endorphins and enkephalins. These chemicals allow the brain to overcome barriers, manage pain, accelerate healing and bring happiness. Hope is nitrous oxide for our brains!
Do you want to see a change in yourself or the world? Unleash some hope. But what do you hope for? Have you thought about it? By faith we can believe there can be a better tomorrow. Take a moment today and think about what could be, what should be. Can you believe it? If not, there is no hope. Hope requires faith and step by step perseverance. It knows the road ahead is challenging but the destination is real. When we believe, we can make a difference. Everything we do can be transformed by hope: our projects, our businesses, our families, our world and ourselves. Apply your mind to hope. Plug in and feel the power surge propel you forward.
It’s coming! The future is ahead and tomorrow is one more step towards our dreams. Take hope!
* Image Note: This painting is “Light in the Darkness” by the incredibly talented Julia R. Cox.