We had our first book launch for Hats for Happiness, which will carry on raising money for mental health and well-being. I want to take the opportunity to share with you the passage from the book that I read out on the night. It expresses what I aim to live by and practise daily when things seem dark or my light within shines somewhat low.
Hope for me is one of the cornerstones of a meaningful life. I have learned to see the difference between being hopeful and just being optimistic. Optimism to me is about thinking that ‘the future will be better than the present’, while hope is about believing ‘I have an active role to play in making it so’.
Hope comes with movement, work and action.
Does this mean always getting what you want? Of course not! But surely you can be more joyful if you hope, plan and act, rather than just thinking positively. It is up to you to reach out to get what you want from life.
Optimism leads us to believe that no action is required, yet for any dream to be realised, it is necessary to act from a place of hope and never lose sight of that.
With this in mind, I wish for you a wonderful festive season. I hope you delight in the sharing, the giving and receiving of gifts.
Happy new year,