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What does hope mean?

Dear Reader,

Herewith,I copy Justus's letter to me a few days a go discussing about Hope. Hopefully it will be usefull for us.

In my opinion, hope does not really relate to "what we have and make something better" only but also relate to '"what we do not have, make it happen, make it better".

Happy reading

Hello Transform Last weekend I attended a workshop by Richard Hill on the practice of neuroscientific psychotherapy. It sounds a bit of a mouthful but that's just a way of saying that there has been a surge in research recently, particularly in learning more about how the brain works. The new findings don't fit in exactly to the frameworks we are used to and so the researchers are coining new names and new combinations of existing names to try to pinpoint more exactly what it is they are talking about!

You may like to visit Richard's website at www.richardhill.com.au .

Amongst the many stimulating ideas he offered, Richard presented this definition of hope:

Hope is the creative capacity to take what you have and make something better.

I really liked this definition ... For a start, it anchors hope in the present. Hope is taking what we already have and making something better. because everyone of us has a life, everyone of us has resources that can be called on to make something better of. As the old saying goes, 'While there's life, there's hope'.

Secondly, it anchors hope in each one of us. Hope is the capacity to take what we have and improve on it. Hope is not some airy fairy third party construct but a capacity, a potential, in each of us .

And thirdly, hope is the creative capacity to take what we have and make something better of it. Hope is creative. Sometimes we think of creativity as something that only a few of us possess - these special people who write books, create painting, sculpture and dance ... But that is simply one extreme end of the spectrum of creativity. These outstanding few have specialised in specific areas - the majority of us are generalist creators and the material we work with is our everyday lives including our homes and gardens, our relationships and our world view. 'With our thoughts we make the world'. We are all continually creating our own world and contributing to the co-creation of the collective world we live in.

Another of the interesting things that Richard drew our attention to is that creativity is actually something that happens , not something we do. And how it happens is through our getting more information which our brains then integrate into the existing information and the result of this integration is a creative development. In a sense, we have always known this and it explains why education has been and is highly valued - because it leads to the creative improvement of the lives of those who participate in it and those whom they influence.

And knowing this, we can see the vast creative potential of the availability of information on the Internet.

Here's a daily challenge you may like to take on. You've probably come across the suggestion that we practice gratitude on a daily basis by consciously choosing three things to be grateful for each evening before we go to sleep. How about creating a similar challenge around hope? Every morning, when you wake up, bring to mind three aspects of your daily life and invite yourself to make them better in some small practical way. It could be something as simple as what you eat for breakfast or what you think about on the way to work or whether or not you choose to put a smile on your face when you greet someone.

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I would appreciate your feedback.

Till next time - let's invite more happiness,

Justus