The focus of our conversation today is that the human is a fountain of encouragement and hope. We want to sense into, and reflect on, the qualities of hope and encouragement, to explore what they are and how those properties, those qualities, those essences - how they influence our lives.
This conversation is especially important today because we find ourselves through a time of trial and challenge and tribulation all around the world. Also, we find ourselves needing to search and to find those properties of strength, confidence, and conviction - that we can pick ourselves up and start again in the face of tremendous cynicism and derision, and all sorts of impressions that come our way in life, from all sorts of sources of media, essentially communicating that you are not good enough,
that you are not smart enough, that you are not something else enough.
The essence of this conversation you're about to listen to and to discover is a weave of experiences from teachers, parents, and people who were touched and who touched others in moments where all that was needed was a little bit of help, with encouragement and hope, and how central these qualities are in our lives.
Building hope means that you're building a home for something that you have no idea how it can happen, but still, to prepare for when it does happen. Because if you keep having hope, then when that change does happen, you'll be ready for it. You'll be ready to embrace it, you'll be ready to be active within it.