Just Life

Hope | January 2019.

The amaryllis still haven’t bloomed, but they are growing like mad … especially on the days when the sun shines, even for just a few hours. Days like today.

Some days there seems to be little reason for hope, in our families, cities, and world. Well, except for almost everything.

~ Anne Lamott, from Almost Everything – Notes on Hope

Those words begin Lamott’s closing chapter (aptly titled “Hope”) and I find myself coming back to them again and again. My Friday morning group finished up Lamott’s book this past week. I read those words aloud and then we talked about places where we’d seen Reasons for Hope.

One woman talked about a Young Women’s Gathering she’d helped facilitate. These Young Women are in their early 20’s and all have intellectual/developmental disabilities that make participating in traditional “women’s groups” difficult. This was their second gathering. So far both have been mostly about fellowship, and they’ve talked about Joy and Prayer. (they’ve also colored!)

Another woman talked about a coffee shop opening up in our town’s soon-to-be community center. I’m not sure  BrewAble will have tables to facilitate knitting groups … but I’ll bet I could make that happen!

We talked about our community’s MLK Unity Walk.

Talking about Hope is hopeful.

Talking about how I’ve actually managed 30 days of breakfasts is not (unless you’re me).

But –

I’ve been paying close attention to the discussions going on in social media about racism and white supremacy.

I’m planning to learn something new (about myself, and likely not good), by tackling Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy  workbook in February (it’s 28 days of lessons – perfect timing).

I’ve been journaling a daily Grateful list (five things) for several years. Writing this post has helped me realize I need to be journaling about Hope as well. I’m going to start with just one thing a day and see where it takes me.

A big thank you to Juliann for hosting this monthly check-in for our words.

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  • Bonny

    I think that growing anything, especially eagerly-awaited amaryllis in the depths of winter, is an exercise in hope. Wishing you lots of hope and hopes fulfilled in the coming month.

  • Kym

    Growing any plant . . . is an exercise in hope. And especially in winter! I think that hope is much like gratitude . . . once you start to practice, it’s everywhere! XO

  • Kat

    I am joining you in doing some hard work in February with Layla’s work book. Hope is such a wonderful word – so full of possibilities! I think a list of hope would be a wonderful thing!

  • Sarah

    While it’s not a daily practice, I am trying to be more mindful about seeking out happy, hopeful, and beautiful things in the world around me. In today’s world, it is so easy to give in to despair and hopelessness, and sometimes it’s even the smallest things that can give you a boost in your mood. Today I’m stuck at home with my daughter (not that I’m complaining!) because school is closed due to cold. My husband is out of town for work, so it was up to me to go out in the frigid cold this morning to clear the snow from overnight. It was pretty miserable, but then I got to pet our neighbor’s dog and noticed some rabbit tracks in the snow. Those are little things I might have missed if I wasn’t paying attention, and they did a lot to lift my mood!

  • Vera

    A lovely post. Amaryllis = Hope. My Mom used to always say “Hope Springs Eternal.” I have at least two Anne Lamott books in the bookcase upstairs. I need to drag them out.

  • Honore´

    I am patiently – as you – waiting for your amaryllis to bloom…it will! We just all have to keep hope alive…and work at doing those things that contribute to hope.
    Curious: what did you decide for your b’fast menus? 30 days is a good streak; keep at it!

  • karen

    I journal daily about gratitudes but I do not about hope and that is something I think I would benefit from. Beautiful post and I have the latest Lamott book on my shelf to read 🙂