Hope

We’ve all heard the saying, “Fake until you make it”, but it doesn’t really work that way. You can fake being happy, or optimistic, but you can’t fake hope. And without hope, you will lack the energy to engage with life and accomplish your goals. Hope is directly related to our sense of wonder and possibility. The greater our perception of possibilities, the greater our hope. Hope is truly a necessity for an optimistic life.

I read something interesting today about hope. If you have an extremely negative childhood, a childhood where you lost hope, you will be more prone to drug addiction. This is because hopelessness affects the brains ability to produce dopamine, and taking drugs will increase the dopamine levels for those whose brains do not have the ability to produce it naturally. You literally self medicate without knowing the reason why.

Hope is what we have when we have a positive relationship with our existence. It answers the question, why bother? Happiness and optimism cannot exist without hope, but hope can exist without happiness or optimism. It is the deepest of the three emotions. It is a serious emotion because it sizes up our life, and our situation of how we are going to survive the present and the future.

Hope breeds hope. What is interesting is how we affect each others hopes and dreams every day. As parents and teachers it is critical that we don’t quash or destroy the dreams of our children. Too many children are told they aren’t good; that they aren’t capable of achieving their dreams; not smart enough; not pretty enough; etc… We need to look out for each other and build up the hopes and dreams of each person we meet. Give them the hope and confidence to get back up and try one more time. To re-awaken to their hopes, dreams, and possibilities of accomplishing a great life.

Hope engages our creativity and problem solving skills. Looking at the possibilities renews hope and gets us creatively engaged in the business of creating our life. It helps us to realize that life is an experiment to see what works, so there is no failure, only opportunities to learn. It is the meaning of “progress, not perfection”.

So as the article written by Maria Hill said: look for ways to bring hope into your life and the life of others. You can support the hopes of others, even if you don’t see how they can achieve their dreams. It isn’t our job to find the answers for them, it is our job to provide the support so that they can find the answers themselves. Renew hope everywhere you go – like Johnny Appleseed, you will leave behind real treasures.

Imagination

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem
I think that she is taking “dreaming” one step forward when it gets into planning. This speaks to me of mind mapping, when we take logic out of the picture and say what if…., no limits to what could get us from point A to point B.
It is when we let our imagination run wild, that real possibilities that we never thought of before pop into out head. We look at it and we think maybe…, if I did this and that happened, then this would work.
That is when the excitement steps in, because now we can see the real possibility that our dream could just maybe come true.

Possibilities

“Believe there is always, always, always a way. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison
Borrowered this quote from JJ Flizanes newsletter as it was just what I needed today. I can never exhaust all possibilities. There are endless possibilities to get what I want in my life.

Possibilities

“Where I am is the totality of possibilities – not just a few possibilities, but the totality of all creation. I am not limited by statistics, medical opinions, time, or authorities. I am one with the infinite wisdom & capabilities of the Universe. All good is available to me, right here & now. All I have to do is to use the power of my thoughts to create that which I desire. I know that. Now let me live it!”