Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul—and sings the tunes without the words—and never stops at all—Emily Dickinson
Over the years I have become utterly hooked on that moment when the possible begins to dance its way into the probable.
The clue lies in the eyes
When the eyes light up—something exciting is birthing. I see it often playing with my three year old niece or teaching art classes to elementary school children for they are ever ready to be delighted, intrigued, filled up with hope. I saw it in my work with the Mapusha weavers in Rooiboklaagte. And I know the feeling within myself.
It is as though suddenly, everything within is alight.
A possibility, idea or vision is working its way into consciousness and there are tingles of excitement. Soon, very soon it leads one to stretch, search, reach for ways to make this vision morph into reality.
Eulender Mbetsi was a stellar example of the power of hope. I met her, a Mapusha granddaughter, when she was 11 years old. She walked into the weaving studio on Good Friday and immediately started singing a call and response hymn. The women at their looms joined he. They sang the response, and I stood in the middle of the room with happy tears rolling down my cheeks.
Take a chance and make your dream come alive
The next year Eulender asked for my help. She dreamed of becoming a doctor, helping people like her sister who had recently died. She knew she needed to go to a better high school to get the necessary education. I reached out and 10 families from America supported Eulender for the next 6 years. She worked late each night to master Afrikaans and catch up in every other subject. Last week Eulender graduated from college. I can still picture her eyes when I told her my friends would help her get to college.
Africa was where I came to deeply appreciate the creativity engendered by hope.
I was chock full of hope for all of us and when a problem presented itself, whoosh, the mad mental search for solutions would begin. Creativity in action.
The real fun of the hope phenomena is finding the way to give your vision wings in the world.
- Your mind reaches for creative pathways to get you where you are hoping to get,
- do what you are hoping to do,
- create what you are hoping to create.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.—Martin Luther King, Jr
Hope compels you forwards and stretches you to find solutions.
What makes your eyes light up?
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