While I was recently on a speaking tour in India and doing research for Momni, the challenge of language became painfully known to me. There are nearly 1700 languages spoken throughout India. One manager of a multi national bank that I presented to told us that their number one challenge for helping the impoverished in India was the language barriers. It may be possible that the saddest day in history was the Tower of Babel and the repercussions of that day.
Alas… this post is about hope, so let’s focus on the HOPE! I discovered through my travels that English was a powerful connector. English was a critical catalyst for helping people to emerge from poverty. English IS a mega tool for bringing hope and opportunity to many around the world. I love this quote about hope…
Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the hope that they won’t last forever. That hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. That we will be led out of the darkness and into the sunshine. – Anonymous
English language learning is one such hope that helps many to be led out of the darkness and into the sunshine. Today I had the honor and privilege of meeting a new friend. Look at that beautiful smile and sunshine face of Angie (Angelica) from a Haitian Orphanage. I was connected to Angie through Pathwaystoenglish.org, an exceptional Philanthropy effort directed by Ken and Coppelia Agle. This is an opportunity for the busiest of busy mamas to do a little (and I mean very little – it’s just 15 minutes a month) to spread a little hope into the life of another.
I enjoyed my time with Angie so much today. We sang, we laughed, we counted, we shared photos and words and smiles and I introduced her to my own little rays of sunshine, who kept leaping in and out of the video image. This is just one idea to consider of many ways that we can add hope to our own lives while sharing a bit of hope with others.
I love what I learned from and Indian monk on a recent visit to a monastery in India. As we left, we learned about how little he slept… we were astonished and he replied… the more you give, the less you seem to need for yourself. His statement left me to ponder.
So friends – maybe consider sharing a bit of hope today while remembering that though we do all have troubles, they won’t last forever. We can be a part of the hoping, the healing and the leading out of darkness into the sunshine. Have a beautiful day!