“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” -- Agnes M. Pharo
Tenderness for the past
Reflecting on the past year, it has no doubt been filled with change. That, it seems, is the only constant. Reflect back with kindsight, not hindsight. Be compassionate for yourself and your situation. After all, we are all doing the best we can, with the knowledge we have. Over time we learn and change and grow, but the seeds of change are planted in the past.
Courage for the present
When life is intense, disruptive and painful it is easy to become overwhelmed. In each moment take a deep breath, find your center, and be responsive. Courage isn’t only bravery and heroism. It’s an inner strength and calm awareness, combined with an ability to be honest and authentic about who you are. Remember, courage can be a quiet thing, and found in the accumulation of small steps.
Hope for the future
Hope can be found in your personal search for, and reflections around purpose and meaning in your life. Hope can whisper from the corners of unpredictable situations, or sing from the mountain tops of tried and true strategies that bring you peace. Borrowed hope is hope that you sense and trust in other people, even if you feel hopeless yourself.
As we look forward into 2015, and are met with the mystery of the future, I wish for hope. Hope that every path will lead to peace.
“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” - Lin Yutang