Not surprisingly, this time of year brings a lot of emails and newsletters that talk about spring and new beginnings. Perhaps that is why I feel compelled to talk about the death of spring.
I am not referring to the season itself, but rather the internal spring we each hold inside . . . hope. In the book, If God Twittered, I wrote the short but poignant thought: “A soul filled with hope enjoys an eternal spring.” When someone is filled with hope, everything about their body and body chemistry changes. They smile more. They have more energy. Colors seem more vivid. They are happier and possess a sense of optimism. They are focused on the future and the possibility that future holds for them.
There is no doubt that hope is a powerful instrument that inspires people to believe in their dreams and take action.
But there are many forces in the world that steal that hope and kill the sense of spring. It could be a negative comment someone makes. Or a parent or friend that judges you. It could be a general sense of fear. Or the constant barrage of bad news. It could be your own doubt and uncertainty. Or a lack of trust. Whatever it is, the forces that can kill one’s hope or dream far outnumber those that give it wings. And the death of hope in one’s heart is one of the saddest moments someone can experience. Their soul withers, their passion disappears, and they begin to float aimlessly through life.
That is why with the arrival of Spring this year I ask you to do three small things to become an agent of hope.
- Reignite a belief and hope in one of your dreams.
- Take one small action to breathe life into it and move it forward.
- Fan the flame of hope for another person’s dream by saying some encouraging words or doing one thing to help their dream become real.
You will be amazed how these small acts ignite their heart and yours!
Hope is like a path in the countryside:
originally there was no path
as people are walking all the time,
in the same spot,
a path appears.
– Lu Xun
Never, ever, ever give up on hope or yourself. Over the past 10 years that I have been coaching, I have seen countless examples of the power of the human spirit powered by a dream. It is hope that gives rise to perseverance, and perseverance that gives rise to success. Keep walking the path and trust in the direction hope leads you.
What one step will you take today to ignite your dream or the dream of another?