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).
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.
Previous check-ins here: Welcome