365 days ago, I felt that hope was hidden, and so it became my focus word. It’s been a good focal point as the year flashes by.
It turns out I did 33 links to my WOTY hope. A diffuse offering for sure and what it allowed me to see is that hope isn’t just one big “thing” but that it comes in different strengths and doses. It’s underlying in the very fabric of our souls so that even in the darkest hours it sheds a tiny light.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.Desmond Tutu
As always I recognize that I am very blessed which is perhaps why it’s easy to find gratitude. I’m certain if I was a refugee from Syria or Ukraine, finding hope would be harder. Closer to home if I was Indigenius and lacked safe, clean drinking water and faced discrimination daily hope might not live in such easy abundance. But as I’ve said before, no one’s life is truly representative of a white picket fence, and there have been challenges for me this year.
Which is why I am glad I focused on hope. It allowed me to find it in a sunrise or a flower pedal. In the abundance of smiles from my grandchildren and in the hugs of those in my life that I cherish.
And now I will ponder. A new WOTY? Perhaps a pocket one (aka silent)…nah that’s not my style. I don’t tell all, but the telling of some allows for a reckoning and an acknowledgement of the focus. Stay tuned and thanks for reading along and connecting with my words. It’s truly a blessing.
Happy New Year.
11 thoughts on “33 links to hope”
Good post Bernie. Some times, hope is all we have. It is more valuable than any earthly possession. We could all do well to strive for hope in our own lives and give it to those who need it most. Stay well Bernie. Allan
It is very valuable indeed. Giving hope to others- now that’s a good concept and one that involves paying life’s blessings forward. Bernie
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It was a good WOTY and I can now see that even in the darkest times hope is there. It might take a while and things might change and look different but underall it is hope. Thanks for reading Margaret. A belated happy new year. Bernie
Is the woty still what you thought?
Well hello! Now that’s a good question. I will let you know when I decide. Good to hear from you. B
You chose a wonderful WOTY. Hope is what gets us up in the morning when we’d rather not, it’s what keeps us going when everything is “going south,” it gives us meaning and purpose and a reason to keep on trying. I’m looking forward to next year’s WOTY
Hi, Bernie – ‘Hope’ is an excellent focus point for all of us. If your TBR pile is not overflowing I highly recomment Jane Goodall’s ‘The Book of Hope.’ It is an equally uplifting and thought-provoking read.
Wishing you a very happy new year!
Oh my gosh — I’ve lost my own comment 3 times!! Darn my lap top and my zoombie fingers. I will see if Jane’s book is available on Libby although I have a pile of 8 real books to read (very unusual for me to have that many paper books). Sorry for the late response I was busy doing a photo dump on my other blog and hanging out with family and friends. Wishing you a very happy new year in return just a little belatedly. Bernie
Hi, Bernie – I read Jane’s book through our Libby App so hopefully it’s on your App as well. Fingers crossed!
I just borrowed it so my last WOTY act will be to read it as I ponder my next WOTY
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