It’s hard to believe that 2018 has already come and gone. 2018 was a busy year, with many milestones. One of my favorite highlights from last year was the birth of my first grandchild, Emma. After her visit on Christmas, I started thinking about the exciting feeling you get in the presence of a new baby. There is an extra pitter patter of my heart with this baby because she is my granddaughter; however there is a joyous feeling that I get with all babies. This week, I’ve asked myself why. What is it about babies that makes us smile, inside and out?
After much thought, this question can be answered with one little word, “hope”. When we look at a new baby, their future is filled with endless possibilities. They are a blank slate. Anything is possible. There are no known barriers. The feeling that they can do and be anything they want is exciting. It has caregivers want to be the best they can be in order to guide this new little one to achieve their potential.
I wonder, at what age do we stop looking at little people with this hope and possibility? Is it when they hit their “terrible twos”? When they become a teenager? When they become an adult? And now for the big question, why do we ever stop looking at others or ourselves with hope? Many people have taken detours in their lives which have led them down the wrong road. When this occurs, many times, their loved ones give up hope when this is when the person needs hope more than ever,
There are many examples of people who became successful later in life.
Samuel L Jackson was a struggling actor in the beginning of his career. He didn’t get a break until the age of 43 when he stared in the movie, Jungle Fever. I wonder how many of his loved ones gave up hope that he would ever make it rather than being supportive?
Stan Lee is considered the Godfather of Marvel Comics; however he didn’t write his first comic until the age of 39.
Julia Child didn’t release her first cookbook until the age of 50.
Vera Wang began her fashion career at age 40.
Colonel Sanders franchised his company at the age of 62.
Martha Stewart published her first entertainment book at age 41.
Henry Ford was 45 when he created the revolutionary Model T car.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, began her painting career at the age of 78. In 2006, one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million.
Many of the “detours” we take in life are necessary in order for us to learn the lessons that we need to learn in order to prepare us for what’s next in life. In 2019, I will strive to look at others as I look at my granddaughter, Emma. To look at others with hope and to always see the potential within.
For the Christian readers, isn’t this how Christ sees us? And how He guides us to live? As we push aside the worry, fear, and “what ifs” we have strength to keep moving on. Hope equals strength.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
May we never give up hope on the people in our lives or on ourselves. Anything is possible.
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Happy New Year! May 2019 be your best year yet!