“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” First Lady Michelle Obama
By Samantha McKenzie
I hope for many lofty things, like world peace and stomping out hunger. Today, however, I hope for more granular, tangible things that can be accomplished with just you, almost immediately.
I hope you kiss your children and remind them how much you love them.
I hope you write down one goal on several pieces of paper and stick it on every mirror in your home.
I hope you call an old friend, the one who popped into your thoughts a week ago, before it’s too late.
I hope you apply for another job, just to remind you of your value. And dust off your interview suit.
I hope you say yes and I hope you learn how to say no.
I hope you tell the truth, even though lying about it seems easier.
I hope you wear a dress that makes you feel pretty again. I hope it has a pop of color.
I hope you get a glance and glance back.
I hope you say I love you first. Don’t wait.
I hope you cook a scrumptious meal and eat slowly. Savor it.
I hope you say one sincere prayer before you get out of bed. And then another.
I hope you smile and giggle and laugh at a joke.
I hope you read something inspiring and then share the message with another.
I hope you clean out that drawer and throw away 50% of the stuff.
I hope you exercise for at least 30 minutes without whining.
I hope you drink more water.
I hope you give away a belonging to someone who needs it more.
I hope you speak up. Even if what you say will be unpopular.
I hope you dance with no music and sing in the shower.
I hope you get what you deserve.
I hope you use the next few minutes wisely.
Because time is most precious in the present.
And hope is only a place holder for courage.