When I began my hope journey I wanted to write about the ups and downs of life and how hope came into that. Over recent days as I have shared my hope reservoirs are depleted for various reasons and I am drawing on other things to help carry me through. Thanks to those of you who have offered me kindness and support, it means a lot. Thank you to all followers who adventure along with me.
This morning I went for a walk and was stopped by a pavement dweller ( I avoid the word homeless), asking me for money. I was struck by his being in a worse position than myself. I have a lovely home and kindness and compassion from friends and family to help me. This man is on the streets, with all that entails. I don’t know his story, but it is probably a tragedy. So in my battles, I think of him.
There is always someone worse off than we are. I think of Lebanon and the awful crisis the people are facing there. I think of India and the tragic plane crash. I think of people sleeping on pavements and people on ventilators. And the list goes on.
And I think of people better off than I. I think of people who earn more money, have things I have never had, had dreams fulfilled that I have not. And I do not resent their happiness. Because that is life. There are those better off and those worse off. But the important thing is not to become bitter when life deals us bitter and tragic blows. To hold the hand of Hope and look to her smile as she offers a promise that tomorrow may be a bit easier.
Today’s recipe of hope is to look to hope, for yourself or for others. Carry hope for those who are hurting. Put your arm around those in pain and show them compassion. If you are happy then share something with those who are not. And if you are suffering, check your attitude. It is not very helpful to look at the temptation of self pity. Some may suffer more than others that is true. But comparing oneself with someone else is like comparing a giraffe and a gorilla. Different species.
Let us be grateful for what we have, even if it is not what we would wish for X