HOPE is one of the main virtues we all need for a meaningful, successful life. As milliners, I guess we're all hoping that we can sell our hats; that the materials we need are in stock; that people will love the work we do and the things we create.
As the owner of a business, I hope to turn over enough to pay the bills and buy more stock. I hope that parcels we send arrive on time, and that our clients like what we do. And with hope comes movement, work and action.
I have come to understand that there is a big difference between optimism and hope.
Optimism is about thinking, 'the future will be better than the present', while hope is about thinking, 'the future will be better, and I have an active role to play in making it so'.
Hope means having goals and staying in motion. By 'goal', I mean an idea of my desired future self. To stay in motion, I need to believe in my ability to achieve the goal. And my pathway is paved by the many choices I make along the way to achieve it.
Does hope mean always getting what you want? Of course not! But for sure we will be more joyful if we hope, plan and act, than if we 'think positive' and don't do much to sell hats or get the things we want from life.