From our earliest beginnings, baskets were created to hold treasures, clothing, food, and even babies. They still do. As long as we have treasures in our baskets, we have hope – to feed our families, a blanket to keep warm, or a bed for a precious child. A basket filled with hope is a cornerstone of resilience.
Have you ever contemplated where does hope comes from? I believe that hope stems from challenge. Do we ever hope for challenge? Not likely! We usually hope for a way out of challenge.
Wikipedia defines hope as “an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.”
Hope shows up with many faces:
This is hope that is a small, likely and manageable change.
- A Movement
This is the “I have a dream” hope that gathers millions of hearts together to create a better world.
- A Choice,
In the face of despair or hopelessness, hope is a choice that sparks light in a perpetual darkness.
- A Mindset
This hope is a state of mind and heart that comes from the faith or understanding that something positive can come of difficulty.
The last time I was looking for a new car, I had narrowed down my choice to a Saturn (yes, this was a while ago) and a Honda. Well! Everywhere I went, all I saw were Saturns and Hondas on the road!
This is actually fascinating neuroscience. Our brains are wired for focus and expectation. When you are focusing on something, that is likely what you will see. There is a saying – “Whatever you focus on expands.”
When you focus on a negative perspective, that perspective seems to be everywhere. When you focus on the positive, that perspective seems to be everywhere.
Richard Wiseman conducted a study on why some people are lucky and some aren’t. What he was actually studying was whether people think they are lucky or if they expect good things to happen.
The subjects in his experiment were asked to read a newspaper and count the photos. On the second page, he placed a large message that read, “Stop counting, there are 43 photos in this newspaper.” Halfway through the newspaper was a second message that read, “Stop counting, tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $250.”
His results were fascinating! People who claimed to be lucky were done in seconds. Those people who said that they were unlucky took about two minutes. Not one of the people who claimed to be unlucky saw either message.
I know this is from last week’s blog. It is worthy of repeating:
As we continue to navigate this uncharted territory of evolutionary growth, consider using the mind/brain’s power of expectation. Remember – if you expect something to happen, it likely will.
“Hope is the mother of change. It is the womb of discontent from which change is born. Hope is the spark that lights the fire of inspiration and imagination. It’s hope that ignites the flame, but we are the ones who must add fuel to the flames to keep the fire alive. It’s our commitment, passion and intention that transforms that spark into the raging fire.” Dr Judith Rich
In Health and Harmony,