I think it's wonderful that everywhere around the world there is such a huge celebration of hope and new beginnings annually. What puzzles me to some degree is why we don't remember that each day we awake, is a hopeful beginning.
We get to truly make each day a brand new day; how amazing is that? We get to let go of all that may have gone wrong, all that we may have handled badly, and tell ourselves that we can do things better today.
Those of us who believe, know that we've been forgiven, but at times we forget that very important fact and we find it hard to forgive ourselves keeping us from being hopeful; yet, when the whole globe partakes in hope, it becomes more real for many.
My hope for all of us in 2011 is that we remember there is hope in every new day, each new encounter, and in the strength of the relationships we have built with the people who surround us through both the good and the bad times that we go through.
Having love and friendship in our lives on a daily basis are some of the most important gifts we are given. Though it's nice to unwrap gifts on Christmas day, it's important that we appreciate the gifts we are blessed with all year long.
For me, before I go to bed each night and give thanks and say my prayers, I review myself and how I think I did that day, what I did better, where I fell short, and then I forgive myself; perhaps for being short with someone, or not listening enough for example, and then I say : "Father, though I know you knew I would stumble today, I thank you for allowing me to be who you want me to be tomorrow."
What do you do on a regular basis to stay hopeful? I would love to hear ways to remain positive and encouraging. So if you would like to share some of the things you do, I think many of us would be grateful to hear them...God Bless, be safe, and have a hopeful, positive, encouraging week....Patricia©