Who isn’t familiar with Neil Armstrong’s famous quote, That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind?
Hearing those words never ceases to inspire me with hope for a better future.
Although we all wish to take giant leaps in our lives, those moments are rare. If, however, we focus on how our small steps lead to bigger things, we can all climb steadily to the peaks of our lives and reach for the stars.
How can you more fully recognize and acknowledge the small steps you and others take each day?
How can even your atomic efforts result in quantum leaps of achievement and life satisfaction?
It is good to have a compass to point the way. Hold your expectation lightly and be prepared for unexpected roadblocks and detours.
—Calm App Reflection
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Throughout the Christmas holidays, many young children pointed their compasses toward the north pole and Santa. With high expectations for what they hoped to find under the tree, they have been pointing their recent efforts to both good decisions and behaviors.
Most of us have been disappointed by things not always turning out as we’d hoped. To navigate around various setbacks and point the way, it is helpful to keep our visions and values in mind.
Regardless of the direction we are headed, we can almost always “course correct” and find ways to give ourselves the gift of a more rewarding life.
What internal compass do you use to point the way?
How can you hold your expectations lightly and be more prepared for life’s unexpected roadblocks and detours?
“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.”
—Lu Xun — Pen name of Zhou Shuren, 20th Century Chinese writer and essayist
Image from Unsplash by Greg Flessing
Life From Above is a new 4-part PBS series where cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand-new perspective.
Our planet is constantly on the move —from individual animals to powerful weather systems.
In episode one — Moving Planet — I was fascinated to see how rotund hippo communities, in their movement to find the freshest vegetation, actually build networks of waterways to irrigate and transform areas that would have otherwise become barren wastelands on the African continent.
Where are you walking with others in your personal and professional communities with hope and optimism?
How can and will your collective efforts reward you with greener pastures where things bloom and blossom.
How far have you traveled in the past seven months? How many failures and setbacks have you experienced during the same period? How hopeful are you about the future?
What information and clues did you use as you examined these questions?
We have all heard the idea that Hope in itself is not a strategy. For many—including me—it sure does inspire and mobilize us to take bolder, more committed action toward a better future for ourselves and those in our communities.
Where and in what ways can you meet, greet, and embrace Hope wherever you are, regardless of the distance traveled or the failures gathered? What steps can and will you take today, tomorrow, and down the road to realize the hopeful future you desire?
“The key to the future of the world is finding the hopeful stories and letting them be known.”
—Pete Seeger, 20th Century American folk singer and social activist
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Where do you get news about local and global events?
To what extent do these outlets use the “If it bleeds, it leads” approach? What do they do to keep your eyeballs glued to the site, so you also see the ads for various pharmaceutical products to speak about with your doctor?
What percent of these newscasts and articles focus primarily on the negative rather than offering a higher percentage of hopeful stories along with the objective fact-based realities?
Stories of hope, compassion, empathy, and courage can and do inspire us to bring out and express these qualities in our personal and professional communities.
What positive and hopeful stories do you write and share, to uplift those around you?
How can and will you inspire others in your world to do the same to raise our global spirits?
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.”
—Magic Johnson, former Los Angeles Laker Basketball Superstar
Weston on his 1st Birthday
How often do you video chat with family and friends that live far away? A few weeks ago, Wendy and I were delighted to see our one-year-old grandson Weston take 10 steps at the encouragement of his mom — our daughter Rachel.
Our children are our future, and I have no doubt that Weston will be an extraordinary young man due to the hope, help, and belief we all have in him.
Who are the big and little kids in your world that need and deserve even more belief and support? In what ways can and will you more fully contribute to their growth and development?