Please Give Hope to Others During This Time of International Crisis

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Message of Hope: April 2, 2020

Please Give Hope to Others During This Time of International Crisis

 

 

 

The Problem

People the world over have been devastated by this deadly COVID-19 virus.  As of April 1, 2020 there have been 920,060 people infected, and 46,150 deaths on a global scale.  In the USA, there have been 46,150 infected and 4,606 deaths.  The numbers are still surging and have not peaked.

As a nation, and as a global family we are resilient, and we are tough.  We can, and we will, bounce back from these hard times.  Let us all be determined, no matter our personal situation, to be united in our efforts to fight this virus and to give hope to all we come in contact with.

Understanding Hope

In order to give hope, we must understand it.

C.R. Snyder, Ph.D. is considered to be the initial pioneering psychologist into the vast arena of hope.  In sum, he said that true hope comes from a combination of Mental Willpower + Waypower for Goals.  Snyder stated that”Willpower is the driving force in hopeful thinking”, while “Waypower is a mental capacity we can call on to find one or more effective ways to reach our goals” (Snyder, C.R. The Psychology of Hope, 1994).

In other words, a person with the willpower to succeed, together with a specific strategy to succeed, has high hopefulness.  With our working definition of hope in hand, we can now go about striving to give hope to others.

Who needs Hope?

The answer to a simple question, involves a simple answer:  We all do.  Anybody who inhabits our planet in some capacity needs hope.  Hope knows no boundaries, and is irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other defining characteristic.  All of us, as fellow life travelers, need hope.

In our lives, we all know somebody.  Our immediate family may include spouses, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, grandparents.  Extended family members may include aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, as well as others.  Outside of family we have friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow church-goers.  Then there are the many other people in our daily lives – the hair stylist, the grocery store workers, and other retail employees.  Every one of our network of support has needed hope at some point in their lives, especially now.

How to Give Hope

“Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings”.  Elie Wiesel

Giving hope requires two steps.  First, we need to give some mental thought (remember mental willpower from earlier?) as to who in our realm of contacts is having a hard time right now?  Who has recently lost their job due to this virus?  Which of our elderly neighbors need some reassurance and a loving greeting?  Make a mental or written list of those people you care about.

Second, the giving of hope requires action on our part.  (Remember Waypower from before?)  I present you with several types of hope giving ideas, of which you may choose which works best for you.  Keep in mind that social distancing is key during this crisis.

  • Call on the phone to let them know you care
  • As you drive by, wave to your friend as he or she looks out of the window
  • Do a porch drop of a favorite meal or drink
  • Have lunch or dinner delivered to their house or apartment
  • Do a porch drop of needed essentials
  • Go pick up an item your friend or relative needed and door drop
  • Give or mail a coupon
  • Put their newspaper from the yard to the porch
  • Walk their garbage cans to the side of house
  • Mail them a special gift, such as an Ever Hope gift

 

The above-mentioned ideas are just a few of the many different types of ways to give hope to someone you care about.

As you give hope to another, you will feel a deep sense of inner joy knowing that you took the time to care for another.

 

May God bless us all during this time of international crisis.