Ever since I was a young child, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day has always been my favorite time of the year. While my friends would dream about spending warm days on the beach, I was looking forward to putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house. Some might say that it was because I was looking forward to the idea of presents under the tree, but they would be wrong.
This time of the year has always been and continues to be my favorite because of one thing: the feeling. It’s hard to explain, but the world just feels right during this time of year. Attitudes seem calmer, people seem more giving, and there’s an air of hope that permeates the atmosphere. It’s that hope that inspired me when I sat down at my computer to write this post.
I firmly believe that each person on the planet is born with hope. I also believe that we can lose sight of it due to the circumstances that happen in life – illness, death, financial difficulties, and the list goes on. But losing sight doesn’t mean hope is lost.
When you look into the eyes of a child you see hope that is without end. They look at each day with new wonder and with excitement that many of us could learn from when we approach a Monday morning. While it would be wonderful for all children to have all of the opportunities and benefits they need from the very beginning, this isn’t always the case – particularly in developing countries, like Honduras.
The children who come into our care at El Hogar are coming from situations that would be deemed by most as hopeless – they’re poor, they’re orphans, they’ve been abused. They’ve gone through so much in their young lives and hope is often the only thing they have left.
During their time with us, we do all that we can to build on whatever hope they come to us with – some with just a small flicker because of the circumstances they’ve come from. This lets them dream about their futures – the families they’ll have, the jobs they’ll work in, and much more.
Hope is a precious commodity that many people seem to lack in today’s world. During this season of hope, I encourage you to take a few moments to learn this valuable lesson from the children of El Hogar – there is always hope. No matter what circumstances occur around us, there is always a glimmer of hope for the future.
Like the students of El Hogar, we must never lose hope. It’s the light that can brighten a difficult day or the peace that can lift you up at the right moment. In the words of Norman Cousins:
“The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.”– Norman Cousins