And isn't that nice, after all? Feels good, the positive energy in the air. So refreshing in a dreary winter and difficult times. I do hope folks can keep the good-vibes part up...I'll try. Really I will.
Hope doesn't stand alone, though...it requires a little more for dreams to be realized. Hope goes hand in hand with Faith...believing in your heart what you can't see, knowing deep down that what has not yet come to be actually can, and will. (But wait, there's more). As feelgood and nicey-sounding as they are, those 2 things can't stand alone, either. We can't just sit back and hope for stuff...even with faith in our hearts, without doing anything about it, without action. Dreams require nurturing. Upkeep. Actual work. Thing is, when we're working toward stuff we care enough about to hope for and have faith in, it's not so much a chore, is it?
Yeah, I know.
I've been thinking a lot. Too much, you say? Sorry.
But all this thinking has inspired me with the last 3 better-late-than-never freebies I had promised you for Blogiversary week. I've taken my 3 designs, Hope, Faith, and Nurture, and created memo-pad designs from them for you to download and use to your little hearts' desire.
Being an avid list-maker myself (no, really...you have no idea) I thought it might be a fittingly useful item for these sentiments. I mean, what are lists if not little glimpses into the future of things that have not yet come to be; just a bunch of stuff that is hoped for, that you will work toward and accomplish. And then...well, then the really satisfying part comes: crossing the completed item off the list. I know some list-makers who relish in striking a long, straight line through the entire item. Others who get a thrill from completely blacking it out with scribbles. Myself, I'm a box-filler-inner...oh boy, do I love filling in boxes.
How do you cross off your completed tasks? I'm curious. Really I am.
I've always wondered what those different styles of list-crossing-off meant about people, if anything. It's one of those terribly unimportant non-scientific long-term polls (no, really long-term) I've been taking randomly since grade-school (yes, that long-term), right up there with why people who don't like either tomatoes, cucumbers, or watermelon usually don't like the other 2 either...and people whose elbows naturally pop outward when they lean on the heels of their hands on the edge of a table seem to have sticky-outy-er ribcages than those whose elbows stay inward when they lean that way.
As a little kid, the results seemed so much more conclusive and significant. These days it's simply an unfortunate situation if I accidentally fall into a conversation that has anything to do with lists, watery produce, or elbows; I can't help myself and all too soon I realize it would have been best had I kept those mysteries of my childhood to myself...but still, I wonder. Sort of.
Anyway, here's to feeling hopeful. And having faith that things will get better. And nurturing those dreams by working toward our goals. Together even.
And finally, I know I don't need to say this to you, but I have to put this here:
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