by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning

A long time ago, I used to hope that there would be no hill that I had to march up to get to school every morning. I’d lay in bed and say “God, could you get rid of that hill, just today? Just this once?” Of course it never happened. I’d walk around the long, winding corner and see it looming ahead of me.

Hope is a fickle thing. It can be used effectively and it can also be used very inefficiently. When I hoped for something that you know just wasn’t feasible, I set myself up for a reality that I didn’t like. I created this world where I thought I could change the unchangeable and this left me with a world full of disappointment.

As family units, I wonder how easy it is for us to fall into the trap of this hopeful, unattainable reality. We wish for ourselves to be what we cannot. We examine our realities in comparison to another and hope for something that we may never have.

Hope is not, however, always unhelpful. If we have disciplined ourselves to create positive, attainable hopes, we can set goals for ourselves and our families, as Wayne discussed in his Musings this month.

What are some short-term and long-term hopes that we can set in ourselves for this coming academic year? As school begins, what can we hope for, for ourselves and our families? Talk to other parents and friends about your hopes. Ask them to challenge you to find the hopes that will help shape a reality that is bright and exciting.