A message of hope and belief

July 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill

Identity plays such an integral role in our life journey. As we age we spend time exploring, discovering and questioning who we are, including our connection to self, others and the world around us. Many elements of these connections can influence, consciously or unconsciously, our sense of self and the daily thoughts and actions that shape our journey. Our awareness and appreciation of this process, along with the compassion and courage we display throughout our experiences can affect the attitude and belief that we carry with us each and every day.

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”       – Dr. Seuss

How many times do we hear while we are young that you are special and loved? This affirmation for young children that their uniqueness and identity is valued and celebrated can be very powerful. These can become moments of hope, like in this video attached, as Bryan Stevenson recalls being pulled aside by his Grandma and told he is special. These messages can stay with us throughout our whole life. Maybe for you it came verbally or non verbally from a parent, grandparent, teacher, coach or other significant person in your life but that belief in our potential can positively influence our interactions with self, others and the world around us.

“The whole is more than the sum of its parts” – Aristotle

Unfortunately, sometimes this affirmation doesn’t arrive early in someone’s life or isn’t heard at all for many different reasons. Our challenges, what we are exposed to and socialisation can alter our ability to appreciate the amazing contribution that each of us is capable of making. Part of our human experience is making mistakes as none of us are perfect, how we learn from these opportunities for growth and remain aware of authenticity and celebrate it is a continual journey. As a society we must maintain our belief in the potential of each individual, providing support and encouragement to continue moving forward when we experience personal insecurity or uncertainty.

“What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful” – Mother Teresa

Bryan Stevenson shares learnings from his life experiences. As we have discussion and debate over issues that the global village faces it is important we consider some of these points that he raises. Poverty takes on many forms in our world, with some being lack of food, clean water, education, shelter, security, medical care and love. The opposite of these as Bryan discusses is not wealth but justice. Access to opportunities to meet our basic human needs requires all of us to consider how our daily thoughts and actions are moving us closer to creating the world we dream of living in. How we treat the poor and vulnerable in our global village is as Bryan discusses, what we should be judging ourselves on.

 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

His message of keeping our eyes on the prize is an important one. Opportunities to reflect on your own potential, the daily thoughts and actions required to journey towards it and the contribution we can make by believing in each other can be very powerful. We each have the opportunity to make someone else feel that they are special and loved, what a gift that is in our everyday lives as we encounter successes and challenges together.

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