We use the word “hope” in so many ways. There’s small “h” hope and capital “h” hope. Small “h” hope expresses our everyday wishes and expectations. We say things like, “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” “I hope you feel better soon,” or, “Let’s hope the bus isn’t late.” These hopes express our wishes for ourselves and one another, reflecting the rhythms and dailiness of our lives.
Capital “H” hope is more complex, addressing larger issues in the world around us. Capital “H” hopes speak to our hopes for the things that impact our lives now, and the lives of future generations. These include our hopes for environmental sustainability, for social justice, or for a fix to our broken political system.
Both kinds of hope matter. They fuel our actions for building better lives and a better world. Yet today, hope can be hard to find and hold onto. To change that, we need the Department of Hope (DOH). The DOH keeps hope alive for us and those we connect with. It’s where we can share inspiration, ideas, resources, and experiences.
The DOH isn’t found within any government or private organization.The DOH is found wherever we are. It consists of all of us who have a clear vision of what is and of what can be, and who are ready to forge the connections and take the actions that will move us toward that vision.
Visit often. Share your experiences. Let’s build the DOH together!
When an unexpected opportunity opens up, pursue it!
“That is when I found my voice. Why is it okay to swallow our own abuse, yet stand up for others?”
We have the power to triumph over hatred, division, and bigotry. ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Hope is our connection to ourselves, to one another and to an attainable, better future.
Innovation, openness and curiosity bring us this #signofhope – a building’s eco-friendly cooling system based on a termite-driven design.
Hope has to do with healing, with seeing ourselves as healers and with having love for humankind.
But then I saw this whimsical and beautiful #signofhope.
Does laughter strengthen hope, and help us cope with the difficulties in our lives?
Listen as Carol McClelland Fields and I discuss Finding Signs of Hope in a Changing World.
Each new baby represents all of the hope, all of the joy, all of the potential of humankind.
Both “small h” and “Big H” hopes connect us to one another, and to ourselves
It’s always there, on the other side of the storm.