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Moms Teach Us How to Hope

May 12, 2013

As I walked along the coast from Mission Bay to Saint Heliers on Mother’s Day, everything reminded me of the hope my mother brings to my life. So, let me share my sights and thoughts with you:

She encourages me to reach higher and soar.

Man waiting for the wind to lift his kite

Man waiting for the wind to lift his kite

She sees beauty reflected in the everyday.

The sand speckled with broken shells sparkling in the sun

The sand speckled with broken shells sparkling in the sun

She is a rock for our family through rough times.

A weathered marker of the volcanic history of the area

A weathered marker of the volcanic history of the area

She sheds light on every situation and offers a bright presence. 

The sun shining brightly across the bay and tide pools

The sun shining brightly across the bay and tide pools

She grows deeper in patience and wisdom with time.

Beautiful erosion as the tide ebbs and flows

Beautiful erosion as the tide ebbs and flows

She appreciates the value of comfort and shelter found in family.

A gorgeous shade tree offered the perfect vantage point

A gorgeous shade tree offered the perfect vantage point

Bouncing back from trials, investing in family, making the most of the little you sometimes have, treating people with care and respect, being a strong woman . . . all of these things I learned from my mom. Even through her worries and protective ways (God love her), she inspires me to keep choosing hope, to keep dreaming and to live fully. For her and that, I am truly blessed.

If you agree with the above, share this post with your mom. Happy Mother’s Day to every mom, stepmom, spiritual mom and grand mom.

Strength in Comfort

March 3, 2013

What does comfort mean to you? Is it tangible or intangible? Is it elevated on your hierarchy of needs or an elusive afterthought when it’s convenient?

Obviously I esteem comfort, as it is one of the chapters in “The World Needs Hope.” Like huggers to hand shakers or sunbathers to spf blockers, everyone slides on the comfort scale to their precise spot at their preferred time. While by no means universal, a mini-poll did result in top comforts among those I know:

  • Having your hair gently brushed or scalp massaged
  • Fluffy blankets fresh from the dryer on a rainy day
  • Favorite foods, aptly dubbed “comfort foods”
  • A worn in but not worn out pair of jeans
  • Floating in a swimming pool on a warm afternoon

During this exploration, a close friend plunged me into a beautiful pool of reflection on comfort. You see, she holds comfort at the very core of her life. Being one of the more hopeful people I know, I wanted to better understand how comfort took up this honored residence in her wonderstruck world.

What came out of the dialogue enlightened me. As I dug deeper, it became clear that comfort was an anchor. What she, and so many of us, truly wanted from comfort was facilitation—a pause from the melee of concerns, a haven from the so-much-to-do distractions and a sense of the freedom to focus on living well. Ah, comfort as freedom made total sense.

After all, a greater sense of comfort inspires us to relax, to be our true selves, to release burdens, lower stress levels and to hope for a brighter future. So, give yourself permission to embrace comfort, suspend judgment of those who see comfort in different forms, offer comforting reassurance as a beacon of hope to others and don’t throw out that childhood teddy bear (or, in my case, lullaby lamb) just yet. Comfort can be a strong ally.

Free your spirit to shift worrisome energy to hopeful action in pursuit of your dreams. I invite you to share what comforts you in the comments below.