I have acquired a new addiction: hope. As addictions go, it is one of the healthier ones. Now when I find myself dissolving into despair over the world’s ills or my own failings, I have 1000 reasons to get over it and kick myself back into hope mode.
Actually, I have more than 1000 reasons. On my Scoop.it site, I post a lot of reasons that never make it to the blog, purely for lack of time to write about them. Over 1000 ideas wait in an Evernote file until I find the time to create posts about them. Another 500+ links are in an e-mail file. And every day you hope-FULL readers send me more.
Stopping at 1001, my original goal, just isn’t an option. I need the regular infusion of hope, and many of you have told me you need it too. So reasons for hope will continue to appear on this blog. They will appear weekly rather than daily, to allow time for other projects percolating in my brain.
For those of you who enjoy a daily infusion of hope (I’m definitely one of those), I am launching another site, Hope Habit, where you will find links to hope-filled quotes, videos, songs and photos, as well as books and Web sites to turn to for inspiration. It is a work in progress. Keep your hope habit alive by subscribing to daily, quick bursts of hope.
Some items (mostly books and music from iTunes and Amazon) will have affiliate links. Full disclosure: If you buy a song or book via those links a few pennies will come my way. For those of you who have requested theme-based collections of stories, I am planning a series of e-books and will post links to them on Hope Habit.
Most of all, I want to send all of you a huge hug of thanks. You have sent virtual high fives, shared the posts on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon, and written notes that give me a boost on days I feel frazzled. You give me hope.
A poem by Jonathan Reed is a good marker for ending the search for 1001 reasons for hope and launching the next phase of the journey. I remember seeing it several years ago but had forgotten it until my friend Deepthi reminded me.
Reed was inspired to write the poem after watching an award-winning Argentinian political advertisement. He created a video of his poem for AARP’s 2007 U@50 contest. It took second place and went viral. (The video below is an adaptation made by young people in Vancouver and is one of my favourite versions.)
Together we can change the stories that make us feel powerless into stories that make our spirits soar and inspire us to act. Together we can infuse the world with hope.
See you here next Sunday – and on Hope Habit every day.