Hopeful holidays, one and all
December 18, 2008
The holidays are upon us. As our gaiety and revelry compete with certain less celebratory circumstances, I recognize this as the perfect season to fill ourselves with both happiness and hope.
The word “hope,” like “happy,” can vary greatly in intensity and effect. We use the term “hope” so loosely that we may inadvertently dilute its true power. To say, “I hope this dress does not make my butt look big” is a passive consideration far different than embracing active hope that is inexplicably infectious and fortifying.
The incessant political mantra of challenge and change has spoken to us, one and all. So loudly do we hear this message, so personally can we feel the need that we have begun, with active hope in our hearts and minds, to create the change for which we all long.
Coming away from merely wishing for change and moving toward actually creating change, we become the source of our own hope. Not only can we create hope, we can act with hope and we can give hope. What then happens in our private and collective lives that instills a new hopeful sense of self and community? From where does our hope come?
With life coaching, hope often comes at the point where it is realized that many possibilities exist from which one may choose their path. Hope is forthcoming nationwide as we explore and analyze a new palette of possibilities. Hope is building within individuals as we actively participate in the process of choice. We no longer feel stuck.
Our challenge for change, then, is to aggressively promote the possibilities for which we feel the greatest potential. By confidently acting as if what we value will come to pass, we are acting with the power of hope. Hope-actions are deeds not easily defined. These hearty actions are more in the “know it when you feel it” category and should be validated as they happen.
Generously contributing all that is your best self is a hope-action. When each of us acts with our best talents, you offering yours and me supplying mine, we have reason to hope that all of our bases will be best covered. Jump-in, mix-it-up, and together make-it-happen. Openly provide your skills, time, and energy to the larger pool of need.
Hope-actions connect people. Share yourself with others. No matter what decisions are being made in a distant oval office or a nearby board room, hope is acted out in the interest and support we offer one another every day in every way.
Random acts of hope involve embracing others with experiences and interactions surprisingly beyond what they may expect. A smile and hug may be the simplest acts of hope, yet. Let your creative enthusiasm for hope-actions be a gift to others ” give hope.
Hope-giving is what some of us (not all, judging from recent Letters to the Editor) are feeling quite giddy about these days. No matter what our political sentiment or personal intent, giving hope to others brings hope full circle back to you.
Hope is the current national commodity of choice. More invigorating than any fuel, renewable or not, hope is taking the lead in charging our individual batteries and powering our collective energies. Liberate hope with a generous application of possibilities, enact our best potential with hope-actions, and create change with a constant flow of reciprocated hope.
Let us consciously meet challenge and change individually and collectively by creating, acting, and giving hope as we bravely go forward into these holidays to be both happy and hopeful.
” Marianne Klancke is a certified professional coach and group development facilitator. What are your coaching questions or communication concerns? She welcomes any comments firstname.lastname@example.org.