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Welcome 2019 | Hope.

This One Little Word started stealing into my heart in early December when we lit the first candle – the candle of Hope – on the Advent wreath. and when I set out this year’s lovely amaryllis bulbs.

Of course my brain countered with other options that seemed more practical, sensible and … grown-up.

But then this past weekend, I read the introduction to Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark. She says “Hope is an embrace of the unknown.” She quotes Martin Luther King, Jr:

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

and Maria Popova:

Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is naïveté.

My brain started to see the possibilities. indeed the sensibility … of hope.

I rearranged the shelf where the amaryllis grow, to feature Light and Grace. and I thought more about the practical, sensible things I could do to welcome Hope:

keep moving
sit still
be kind
pay attention
say grace
eat breakfast
learn something new
be patient
see the good
make do

I must say, I haven’t been this energized for a new year in … a while. and I have high hopes for all it might bring.

Joining in with Juliann to talk about our words.

and wishing each of you a year – a lifetime! – of infinite hope!


  • Bonny

    Hope is just lovely,and i’m especially interested in he balance expressed in the Maria Popova quote. I’ve never quite gotten it right, but that quote is going on my refrigerator in hopes I can mull it over this year and avoid both cynicsm and naivete. Wishing you a wonderful 2019!

  • Dee

    I have had a greater hope for 2019 as well. I think because personally my life has been very chaotic the past TWO years, I see a settlement for 2019. It gives me hope that 2019 will BE a better year.

    Wishing you and yours the very BEST year in 2019.

  • Debbie

    Hope is a perfect word for 2019! I noticed you included “paying attention” on your list to welcome hope. During the Advent and Christmas season this year, I’ve been working on slowing down and being more attentive to what is going on in the present moment. I can see how paying attention does allow hope into our lives. Best wishes for 2019!

  • Honore´

    Hope – to paraphrase – keeps us alive in ever so many ways. I think your and your word will keep you in good stead over these next 365 days. Great choice.

  • Sarah

    Hope is so important, especially in dark times. Without even a bit of hope, we would all give in to the darkness. It’s a good reminder that on our worst days, we should always have hope that things can get better.

  • Kat

    Excellent choice! I love how varied our words are! And, like Bonny, that quote today resides in my journal – a year of focus should avoid cynicsm and naivete!

  • Margene

    In the word hope I see change, courage, focus, flexibility, love (and a host of other strengths) which make this a perfect word for your year, Mary.

  • Penny

    For me, hope is a beginning point for everything. And I think it is going to take you to great places, Mary – I’m looking forward to your journey!

  • Alexa

    Hope – it’s a real candle when it’s dark, isn’t it? And on bright days, it shines anyway … Wishing you lots of energy and enjoyment with it this year, and looking forward to seeing where it takes you.

  • karen

    love your list 🙂 I could do all of those every single year. I want to be more mindful and quit wishing moments away for the next moment.