As the clock strikes midnight, and we welcome in the new year, many of us choose to make resolutions. One of those choices is between hopefulness and resignation. So this year, instead of giving up chocolate, why not do something positive and choose to be more hopeful in your outlook.
Hopefulness has several benefits: Hopefulness expands what we believe is within our circle of influence. With a hopeful mindset, you will feel like you can attempt and tackle more challenges. Hopefulness gives us energy, which in turn energizes those around us. Hope is infectious and can lift everyone up together. Hopefulness is the glue which connects and strengthens our communities. When we work together to achieve change for the better we become closer and more compassionate communities. Hope helps us to set goals and makes us think about the practical ways to achieve them.
Hope locates itself in the premise that we don’t know what the future holds and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty we have room to act. When you recognise uncertainty, you recognise that you may be able to influence the outcomes – you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists adopt the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. Hope in action is the belief that what we do is what matters.
So make the plans, implement the changes and resolve to make even the tiniest thing a little better in 2018.