Who ties you to your values? Who encourages you to try . . . and try again? Who inspires you to love yourself? Who links you to your optimism?
With the passing of Nelson Mandela this week, I spent some time reviewing his remarkable words with care. This is one of many quotes that spoke to my heart:
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela
Heaven has a place for such souls, that’s for certain. So, I add him to my Rope of Hope. Simply put, it’s the interwoven people who uplift, positively challenge and support me. Those people include my amazing friends, my devoted family, Jesus and my church community, some public figures (like Mr. Mandela, Ally of The Crumb Diaries and Audrey Hepburn) and my loved ones who have passed from this world.
Each is a precious strand, binding me carefully to my faith, tugging me back to reality in times of trial and keeping me stable when I leap to new heights. Instead of tying my hands or constraining me from happiness, they help me see the light side and extend the rope to others who need hope. They never fray or sway, and I aspire to be the same for them.
So, who makes up your rope of hope?