The Season of Hope

Hope says, ‘I make a difference.’
— Jon Vroman

2018 Winter Survival Wellness Challenge 6

Congratulations!  The calendar tells us that winter has ended and spring has begun. Though it is simply a change in season, it somehow feels like a personal accomplishment to make it through the winter and put it behind us.  Our days ahead will offer us more light and warmth. The light and warmth of spring can also lighten and brighten your energy level and mood.  As we transition to a new season, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the last 10 weeks.  

Contemplate these few questions:

  • Has your relationship with your body or environment changed at all?  
  • How has this winter compared to winters of the past?  
  • Have you created any new habits you’d like to continue?

It is said that spring is the season of hope. After a pregnancy loss or when struggling to conceive, hope can feel like a dangerous concept. Yet, it is exactly hope that keeps us moving forward and trying again. It creeps in despite the grief, the frustration, and the disappointment. Hope pushes us to get up again. Hope is the universe reminding us our story is not yet over.

Over the last several weeks, I have helped you in your resolve to tune into yourself and take time to care for yourself amidst life’s daily tasks; to help you recharge and nurture yourself throughout the winter.  I encourage you to continue to do so because a well body and soul are your foundation for accomplishing everything you want and deserve out of life.  

Now as we look ahead, with hope, I have one final challenge for you: Can you bring a little hope to someone else’s day?  

The Dalai Lama said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  There is a science to the relationship between performing acts of kindness and an increase in serotonin in our bodies.  I have wonderful news - being generous is healthy!

Over the next couple of weeks, think about how you can unexpectedly infuse a little goodness into someone’s day and go for it!  It could be a stranger, coworker, friend, family member or your partner.  Consider how you can make someone feel appreciated, worthy, and noticed.  Here are some small ideas to get your wheels turning:

  • Smile.
  • Offer a compliment.
  • Give someone a small, unexpected gift, like their favorite snack or a single flower.
  • Leave a nice note to brighten someone’s day.
  • Call or text someone you haven’t connected with in a long time.
  • Express gratitude for the little things others do that make your life a bit easier.
  • Take someone for a coffee date and make a point to listen with curiosity more than you speak.

We simply do not know what weight others may be carrying and what a difference a kind gesture can make. You can be the one to make that difference, and it sure will feel good!

  

Do you have an idea for how to infuse a little hope into someone else’s day?  How do you feel after making someone else smile?  Share it in the comments below!