Thales of Miletus, one of the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece, is known to have said that, ‘Hope is the most universal of all human possessions.” He added ‘Hope is the only good that is common to all men, those who have nothing else possess Hope still.’
Hope has its origins in the Latin word, sperare, which comes from the Indo-European root spei, meaning to expand. “To be hopeful is not only to feel expansive, but to count on an ever-flowing bounty while to feel despair is to feel constrained, to fear that the spring of life is drying up.”
In our daily lives we are often faced with trials and challenges, feelings of depression and despair and concerns about the future of the world. At such times, avoiding the temptation to slip into a state of inertia we try and reorient our feelings, reaching deep within us for that non-renewable source of energy called Hope. In the process, we may frequent the use of affirmations or offer gratitude to those who have shared our pain. Or, going further we be inspired by the words of the thirteenth century mystic, Rumi, and decide “to start a huge foolish project like Noah. It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you”.
Listening to Rumi, what ambitious and audacious path can the IAC travel in the year to come?
The IAC’s mission for the New Year rests on the belief that human potential is anchored in Hope and coaching holds the key to unlock and set it free. Our leadership team is working on a series of global initiatives and projects that allow our membership to use the power of coaching and help in the positive transformation of individuals, families and communities. We will share details of these projects in the months to come and seek your active involvement and support.
As I will be delighted to know your thoughts and ideas, please connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you and your families a wonderful year ahead!