Welcome to a new calender year. A time to reflect on the past, celebrate the here and now, look toward the future.
We love to speak in terms of change: turning over a new leaf , a new page, a new me but the fact is that there is no magical reset or turning of the page.
It is not a “new” year–it’s just another day but what captures our hearts and imaginations is the possibility and potential for change– the expectation of some new good. It’s hope that propels us to celebrate the “new” year but hope that has no foundation or traction is like eating cotton candy for it’s nutritional value.
I do not offer any such promises of
quick resolutions to life’s problems,
easy steps that will fix what’s broken,
magic formulas that will right the wrongs and restore what’s missing.
I do offer some ideas on how to be more intentional and mindful of how we build, grow and create our lives. Miracles do still happen and I believe in them and the One who does them. I also believe that walking out this life, which can be full of surprises and miracles, requires focus, faith and fortitude. Even the day after an incredible miracle we still have to pay bills, care for our loved ones, take out the trash and put gas in the car.
Let me introduce, or recap if you are already following, the layout of Crafting Hope by Heidi Mull. There are two aspects, or parts, involved:
1.The Thought or Theme.
This is where I present my ideas and thoughts about an aspect of life as it relates to hope. Each month will be a theme/topic that we will unpack on a weekly basis. I want to hear from you and your thoughts both agree and disagree and would like your permission to post them, anonymously of course, to create a conversation about our topics. Please feel free to invite others who you think would enjoy or benefit from our conversations. I also have Facebook page where the conversations can continue.
2.The Craft, Intentional Action, or Visual Aid.
This is where I share 12 simple and inexpensive crafts, actions, or visual aids (one for each month) with options for age, crafting ability and even time issues. Each one will be coincide with the idea of hope that we are discussing that month. The goal is to use crafts, actions, or visual aids and the time spent doing them to put into practice the concept of intentionality, crafting, creating and developing more HOPE-full hope lives. Each month, as we focus on a specific topic or theme, we will unpack and examine an aspect of hope in our daily lives.
I want you to be hope-minded, hope-focused and eventually hope-full.
One important note: life happens so if you miss one or can’t do it or whatever—DON”T GIVE UP. Join me in the pursuit of a more hopeful life, however that looks for you. If you find a craft that speaks to you–DO IT! Just jump in where you are and keep moving forward.
And please don’t feel pressure to do these if crafting is not for you but also don’t dismiss the therapeutic power of making/doing something as a way to bring focus to our topic of the month. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even pretty to be useful…
Heidi Mull, hopeful and intentionally becoming HOPE-full
Next…January’s Thought and Craft: Into the Fray.