“APPLIED HOPE” 
is putting your time, energy and talent toward what you hope for.

“Applied Hope” is more effective when...
a) the present moment is fully accepted as it is.
b) old outmoded assumptions and beliefs are let go.
c) it includes serving the larger sustaining whole as well as the self.
d) one is open and flexible in applying the means to its realization.

“Applied Hope” is less effective when...
a) rejecting the truth of the present moment interferes with clear thinking.
b) old assumptions, beliefs and habits tend to sabotage what’s hoped for.
c) realizing the hope would bring on destruction of the sustaining whole.
d) it is tied to a fixed, inflexible path regardless of changing circumstances.

WHEN YOU’RE READY:

SOME POSSIBILITIES

  1. 1.Seeing the way things are—more clearly.

  2. 2.Giving up assumptions no longer relevant.

  3. 3.Serving the sustaining whole.

  4. 4.Becoming part of a loving community.

  5. 5.Redefining true “success” for you.

  6. 6.Speaking for those not yet born.

  7. 7.Holding live discussions on these topics.

  8. 8.Being part of systemic change

  9. 9.Active in ending all wars and violence.

  10. 10. Active in supporting eco-sustainability.

William Hocking’s final words to humanity:

“Nothing so satisfies a life as knowing there is something to do,

that one CAN do,
and that is needed by the world at large.”

“I am only one

But I am one.

I can not do everything

But I can do something.

And because I can not do everything

I will not refuse to do something that

I can do.”

Helen Keller

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, that is the only thing that ever has.”
                      
Margaret Mead

If not me, who?

If not now, when?

Celene Dion

RECEIVING AND GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT

“I am only one, but I AM One”

Feeling too small to make a difference?


Watch these three videos; print out their words, and think again.

Being hopeful in bad times - Howard Zinn


To be hopeful in bad times


Is not just foolishly romantic.

It is based on the fact that human history

is a history not only of cruelty, but also of

compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness.


What we choose to emphasize in this

complex history will determine our lives.

Giving up? Don’t. Hope is eternal.

If we see only the worst, it destroys our

capacity to do something. If we remember

those times and places - and there are so many -

where people have behaved magnificently,

this gives us the energy to act,

and at least the possibility of sending this

spinning top of a world in a different direction.


And if we do act, in however small a way,

we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.

The future is an infinite succession of presents,

and to live now

as we think human beings should live,

in defiance of all that is bad around us,

is itself a marvelous victory


Howard Zinn