Hello friends! The calendar tells me October is nearly over and it’s time for another OLW update. Way back on October 4, I chose to focus on hope this month. One of my favorite Instagram follows @sharonsaysso posted a series of slides about hope that resonated.
Hope was my OLW back in 2019. 2021 me is proud of the work I did back then and it felt good to revisit some of those lessons (2021 me is also really in awe of the frequency with which 2019 me posted!) One of the biggest was that Hope is a muscle – it needs to be regularly exercised to get stronger, and if it’s not used, it atrophies.
October threw me and my family some big challenges. My Hope muscle got a workout. I spent some unhelpful (and in the moment gratifying) time focusing on choices I didn’t get to make. but Hope helped. Hope gave me back some agency.
Sharon’s slides focus on Hope as an antidote to fear. Honestly, for me, it’s more an antidote to anger – to striking out against things I can’t control, or shutting down to isolate myself from them. Hope helps me face what is.
One of my favorite practices from 2019 was to list where I saw hope – I added it into my morning journaling practice and those notes are a map into my heart, and into all that was happening in our country and the world back then. This month I saw hope in vaccine boosters. friendships. medical technology. remembering my dad (he would’ve been 84 on the 14th!). good books telling hard stories. the changing seasons. and the Braves. y’all!!! we are TIED after the first two games of the World Series. (and if you are not a Braves fan, please don’t tell me!)
Where did you find hope this month?
Thank you to Carolyn for hosting this meetup … and for allowing me a couple of extra days to get my thoughts together.