from the wonderings of... EcoWonder
What gives me hope...
When my alarm goes off at 'o-dark-o-clock and I feel too tired to haul my sorry cookies out of bed, the noisy whir of the grinder spinning the coffee beans my husband prepared and preset to brew for our morning coffee knowing I would be too tired. He helped me keep to my promise to take my trusty, reusable thermos to work each day, filled with my fair trade coffee fix... he gave me hope. (And a little caffeine buzz...)
Listening to my boys joking and laughing in the kitchen, eating their breakfast and helping their little brother eat that last bite of cereal because they know Mom is trying not to be late - again - to work... it gives me hope.
Opening my email and finding an invitation to a ribbon cutting ceremony to a new home built for a recovering homeless family from a non-profit agency my company supports... it gives me hope.
Eating my left-overs lunch out of the glass containers and pretty Crate and Barrel lunch bag that my sister kindly gave me for Christmas because she knew I hated carrying my ratty, old plastic Target bags to work... she gave me hope wrapped in recycled Christmas paper.
Rushing through the preschool, hurrying my son's boots on his feet, hat on his head, mittens on his hands, he stops to show me the pencil character he made from the fabric scraps I collected at work and lugged into the school. I breathe deeply and smile at the googly eyes, scrappy fabric skirt and the feathers for hair and I squeeze my littlest boy tight... because he gives me hope.
Coming home to find my boys have shoveled the driveway free of snow and they're already working on homework (with a side of video games) on their laptops, makes me realize what grown men they are becoming and I hug them (even though they're too big for that)... because they give me hope.
If we look carefully, around every corner - even in these darkest of days - we can find something that gives us hope. We all need a little and it's free for the taking!
What gives you hope?