Although over a year has passed and we’ve marked a year from Chris passing date and service date, today marks a very important milestone as well.
Since beginning this blog last Easter Sunday, individual blog posts have been read over 127,000 times.
I get that most people still to this day don’t really know what to say or how to say it. But as therapeutic as writing these posts day after day and week after week has been, it’s been amazing to know that a silent army stands alongside.
I love that.
I read with interest an essay in the Vancouver Sun over morning coffee yesterday.
It was titled, ‘The Biology of hope bolsters Easter’s central message’. I’ve linked here if you have time to peruse.
I love this little excerpt:
These definitions make clear hope should not be confused with blind optimism.
When we are suffering or fearful, our hopes may often be dim, but they must include reasonable expectation.
Hope is distinguished from mere wishing. We can wish for financial wealth, or a cure for our loved one’s cancer, a dictator to be vanquished or a sudden end to global warming. But sometimes wishes are not realistic.
“Wishing are words and left brain,” Vaillant writes.
“In contrast, hope is made up of images and is rooted in the right brain. Wishing on a star takes no effort. Hope often requires enormous effort and shapes real lives.”
The transcendent quality of hope points to why researchers are coming to realize it is not only an emotion. It is a virtue.
As such, it must be cultivated, especially when times are toughest.
Yes you are. Hope…you are Hope!
If you don’t mind, we are trying to be a little Hope-like ourselves!
The thing that really struck me about this article in the Sun was that in order for Hope to be Hope and not just a wish or dream, is that it required ACTION.
HOPE, DECISIONS, ACTION.
Of course Sunday is here for Easter 2011, but we wait and live with HOPE for our next ‘Sunday’ with Chris whenever that will be.