My niece had an assignment for school and asked me and others to answer the question, “Where do you find hope?” It is a provocative question with many possible answers. I encourage you to reflect on it and find your answers.
One way I stay hopeful is to look for learning and opportunity in situations. I recall how I have grown through past disruptions. In a sense I choose to trust life and believe in people. Albert Einstein once said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.” Granted, this view has not always been easy to have during this year that has been full of challenges. However, I believe that being aware and open to what is unfolding is a useful strategy. Hope keeps us motivated and inspires us to explore new avenues and proceed with energy and confidence.
We can also look for signs of hope. Seeing the young care about the planet and peace and taking action gives me hope. Seeing so many recognizing the need for equity and that many people are finding ways to do their part to support others is inspiring. While we tend to focus on the negative and the challenges, with a positive vision for the future we can overcome obstacles and be grateful for all that we have and what is possible.
I encourage you to find hope and share it with others. Together we can make our families, workplaces and communities work for all.