The promise of spring. Renewal. A fresh start. When the world wakes from its winter slumber, the songbirds return, and blossoms appear overnight, our hope renews.
Spring reminds us that despite everything, there is hope. After the bitter cold and snowy winters, robins return. Their song gives us hope – hope for blue skies, sun-drenched days, and warm nights. Babies are born and their birth gives us hope for the future. Is it any wonder Christianity placed the Easter story in the midst of a world waking from winter’s slumber? Even for those who do not practice Christianity, Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts, new spring dresses, and families gathered together to mark a new beginning as we celebrate hope.
It is said that hope springs eternal. The saying is from a poem written by Alexander Pope – “Hope springs eternal in every human breast”. Hope is important. Hope keeps us keeping on, so to speak. Without hope, we sink into despair and fear. We lose the ability to dream, to see a future beyond what we are experiencing today. The world around us becomes dark, unfriendly, and foreboding. We lose sight of what is important, who we are, what we have, and what we can offer others. We lose ourselves. Spiraling into the blackness of despair is a dangerous place to be. The good news is hope can be restored.
Restoring hope is up to us. Self-care is essential. Eat healthier, get outside, breathe in the fresh air, soak up the sunshine, move around. Reach out to others. When we despair, we tend to isolate. Realize the world needs you! There is no one like you, nor will there ever be. You have a role in the play of life, gifts others need, strengths undiscovered. Remember, you aren’t the only one who has ever had to overcome the odds or been knocked down for the count.
Without hope, a man with polio would never have become the president: Franklin Roosevelt. Without hope, a child labeled as ‘retarded’, a ‘slow learner’ would have never grown into the man Albert Einstein. Without hope that one act could change the course of history, Rosa Parks would never have refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. These people were extraordinary because they held onto hope, not because of what they became or did.
Hope springs eternal in EVERY human breast…..