A new year has begun, a new opportunity to start fresh. Of course, every second, every breath gives us the opportunity to start anew.
Still, a new year brings to my attention that a new cycle of life is beginning. Rather than moving towards shorter days with more darkness and colder weather, we are heading in the direction of longer days of light and milder weather (in the northern hemisphere, at least). That always gives me hope and makes me feel freer. New possibilities abound and, with hope, change can come.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is acknowledged during the month of January, and I am reminded of Dr. King’s hope and perseverance as he sought change. He said, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." I believe that as long as there is hope, there is life, and from there, anything and everything is possible!
There is so much goodness shining through individuals and they provide hope in this seemingly increasing insane world. I read more and more about people making a meaningful, positive difference in the lives of others and have shared a few stories below. I cried while reading them as my heart was so touched. My hope in humanity increased and I knew Spirit was a part of it all.
I regularly listen to the following chant, "The Longtime Sun" sung by Sirgun Kaur. It's a prayer and an affirmation for me and I find it peaceful, inspiring, and hopeful. Enjoy!