Together we can create hope

“Hope is something you create together” – Kaethe Weingarten 

I was very moved this morning reading an article on the subject of hope in today’s Irish Times. The article puts forward an argument for the need to rebuild our community spirit to counteract the hopelessness and despair many are feeling as a result of the economic downturn. And I believe this is true of all crisis in our lives.

“Psychological research highlights the importance of hope as an essential precondition to human happiness, particularly in the face of loss, change and adversity. While hope is often considered an individual human trait or feeling, family therapist Kaethe Weingarten has conceived it as a shared creation between people.

When people are overwhelmed by adversity and feel hopelessness or despair, it is their contact with other caring people that lifts them or creates the conditions for renewed hope. For this reason, she argues that people in despair should resist isolation and seek connection, and people who possess some hope should resist indifference and reach out and support others. ”

I know that drawing on the support of others, borrowing their hope, their faith, their strength has seen me through many a dark day of despair, and I sincerely hope that when I am filled with hope and strength, I can do the same for others.

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