As defined by Dictionary.com, HOPE is: “To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment.”
As you read this week’s newsletter, think of HOPE as not only something to wish for but as a way of life. Learning to live with purpose, provides us with the HOPE of a better tomorrow for others and ourselves. HOPE is what helps to make dreams a reality. HOPE will inspire you to live a life of contagious kindness as you seek to create a positive impact on the lives of many.
At every moment of the day, we are either making the world a better place or making it worse. Because we are all inter-connected, our thoughts spread out and affect everything around us. This is not just opinion; this is documented research from a number of prestigious universities and scholars. When we feel bad or when we are experiencing stress, we may treat others with a lack of kindness and respect, which in turn can lower their mood, and they might do the same to the next person they meet, and so the cycle begins.
Your thoughts, your words, and your actions are extremely powerful. You have the power to help lift someone up or bring them down. How you interact with those you meet may be that one last straw that sets someone into an emotional tailspin of depression or that spark that provides them with encouragement and HOPE for a better day… or maybe even a better life.
Think of how many people you meet in any given day. Now imagine what would happen if your mood affected their mood. And how their mood then affected the people they meet in their day. Ultimately, one person’s bad mood could spread like a plague, negatively infecting hundreds… maybe even thousands of people.
Now imagine if your mood was positive, loving, compassionate and kind. Imagine how your encouraging words and actions could make a positive difference to so many others. Your passion and enthusiasm could spread to not only those you interact with but to countless others as you allow for your kindness to be spread from person to person around the globe.
Just as a flood starts with only one drop of rain… you have the power to create a world of kindness and compassion just by practicing simple acts of kindness and love each day. Your kindness will inspire others who in turn will inspire others and before you know it… a mighty movement has been unleashed.
Now, this does not mean you have to be like Mother Teresa and make it your mission to seek out depressed people to cheer up (however if you feel called to do it then go for it). It means to simply look at every interaction you have as an opportunity to affect someone’s life in a positive way. An opportunity to share a little HOPE and love. Regardless of your profession or lifestyle, it means to live with higher degree of concern for others than for yourself. You never know who may be on the other line of the phone, who is in an elevator with you, or who is sitting next to you in a lobby… maybe they are experiencing some type of hardship or strife in their life and could use someone to reach out to share a kind word or encouraging thought. Who knows, maybe one day you will be the one who needs that tender hand of comfort or gesture of patience and goodwill.
So this week, be encouraged to look at every moment and every interaction with others as an opportunity to make their day or even their life. Go out of your way to interact, to say hello, to let someone merge into traffic in front of you, to listen to others needs, to treat others as you would like to be treated. Ironically, it is not as easy as it seems. We get so caught up in our busy lives that we tend to forget the simple pleasures of a smile, a wave, or even a kind word. Even if you start your day in a bad mood, deliberately do something nice for someone else. You will quickly see a change in your own outlook and in the outlook of others.
Be a giver of H.O.P.E.
Help Other People Everyday