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The Road from Hope. Monday March 16, 2015

"Hope" is a magnificent state of mind. It reaches forward into the future and the unseen. Our task, is to trace the route back from the future to our present position and to work out the simple first steps. This can be a long journey, but it is rarely, if ever, a passive journey. We need to take action.

Today, I'd like to think about three "R"s that will most influence the effectiveness of our actions. They are "Resources", "Resourcefulness" and "Resilience". Most goal-setting guides talk about the importance of resources. To achieve goals we are likely to need the resources of time, money, people and the right skills. This much is rather obvious. But the key resource is resourcefulness.

I grew up as one of the "Blue Peter" generations. On every programme, there was guidance on how to create amazing gifts with little more than a washing-up liquid bottle, some tubes from toilet rolls and the ubiquitous "sticky back plastic". Of course, the key ingredient was imagination! The programme encouraged us to take what we had to hand and create something amazing with it. What a great lesson for life.

Rather than focus on what we don't have, perhaps it is time to look around and become more resourceful with what we do have.

And then there's resilience. The attitude that keeps us going when we want to quit. Resilience is a fruit of hope and faith. If we have a compelling vision of where we want to get to, we can often find the strength to keep going. If we believe that what we seek is good or meaningful or worthwhile, we can often tap into those inner resources that give use the strength to persevere.

So, as is so often the case, the question is, "where is our focus?" If our focus is on the problems (as I understand it needs to be sometimes), the result after a while is draining. If our focus is on the end result – what we hope for – our brain can often work on the unseen in the unseen! Magic can happen.

Let me close with words often attributed to the great Author, Goethe…

Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting over lost days.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

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Lauren Farrow Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 12:53am

You tend to go in the direction you are looking.

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 4:59am

Way more profound that my blog, Lauren! In 10 words, you said it!!!!!!!!!! I was instantly transported back to the my first days of driving when, at night, I was magnetically drawn to the headlights in the opposite lane!

Hopeful One Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 7:11am

Hi Lex- Thanks for that. All our endeavours begin with a small step.But we must take that step.And as for hope- my own moniker? It is the ability to keep whistling when one is surrounded by darkness.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 8:11am

So - we sometimes tell each other "I knew it was you in the first sentence." This time I knew it was you from the title! Yes - absolutely. Loved the Blue Peter analogy; yes, resources and resourcefulness.For me the most powerful one is resilience - the ability to just keep going, or sometimes just to hang on in the faith that we will be able to continue to go on eventually. Sometimes it seems that we're climbing El Capitan without the benefit of ropes and pitons and that, worse of all, there is no top. But it's not always like that. It just seems like it at the time.... and I think that may be Wednesday's post. thanks Lex.

Elizabeth Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 9:02am

Hello Lex, please, do you know where the Goethe citation commes from? I would like to write it down in german (or czech, my language :)), but I cannot find it. Thank you ...

Anonymous Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 9:06am

I like that quote very much. Will use it as a building brick today. Thank you Lex, love from the room above the garage.

Anonymous Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 10:23am

Hi Lex, responding to your post today also gives me a chance to thank you also for your previous one on goals. You are making me see that i approach goals from a very negative perspective and am genius at finding all kinds of reasons to not proceed towards them.Consequently, many opportunities have been missed. Your help has been invaluable. Thank you so much. susan xx

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 10:56am

Hey, Hopeful One... I love your moniker. Did you know I work with a Community Radio Station called, "Hope"? It's got your name on it! Your whistling comment reminded me of a song by Supertramp. It's called, "Sister Moonshine" - lovely to whistle along to! Have a hopeful day.

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 10:58am

Great to connect in so many ways, Mary. I look forward to Wednesday. In terms of climbing without ropes and pitons, I was listening to a programme the other day where they were talking about these climbers who actually jump! None of this one hand and one foot at all times. It might be a leap of hope, a leap of faith, or just daft... but it's an option!

Anonymous Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 11:04am

Hello RATG - how are you? I have been thinking of you
Wishing you peace of mind and heart

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 11:06am

Hello Elizabeth, this is probably because it is often challenged. Many people think it is part Goethe and part W H Murray. Now it seems it has been put in verse as a free translation (the version I quoted). Whoever said it, I love it!
I hope you find this link helpful:

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 11:06am

It's a glorious quote, isn't it? And I love the fact that this version rhymes!

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 11:08am

Hey Susan, I really appreciate you telling me that this is helpful. We are all natural goal-seekers, but I so understand my own creative ability to find reasons to move away from otherwise good goals. May you use your genius to move in a direction you'd prefer. Have a great day!

Anonymous Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 11:10am

Hello Lex; I guessed it was you at the "3 Rs"; really helpful; love the Goethe quote; and the challenging question "where is our focus?" I am too quick to see all the problems and try and solve each one - which can then bring me down as they seem insurmountable; I will now start by focusing on the end result first ... a very timely piece Lex as I prepare for a meeting with the boss re; a change in contract ...

Julia Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 11:32am

Hi Lex. Your Goethe quote brought to mind this poem, Days by Philip Larkin.
What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 11:37am

I'm hopeful of a great outcome, Frankie. I also loved Lauren's succinct insight: You tend to go in the direction you are looking.
Just look in the right direction and you'll be amazing.

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 11:39am

Ah Julia - the amazing Mr Larkin... I do love his work.
I wasn't familiar with this poem though, so you have gone way beyond reminding me of an old friend through to enriching me with a new treasure.
Thank you!

Anonymous Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 4:27pm

Hello Frankie, I'm caught in a cyclone and wondering how and why. I think I'm a bit better this week as I made it to yoga and into here...progress! Just disappointed as I had hoped for more...this is always a rough time of year for me so I'd put in a lot of work in advance to make a difference. It didn't.
Thank you for asking xx.

Silvia A Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 5:38pm


I like your blogs and poetry.and what else it produces ( Frankie's contribution). Not to say how kind is to answer each comment.

These days I was looking at habits.

Silvia A Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 6:01pm

" I'd put in a lot of work in advance to make a difference. It didn't."
My mother says: probably it would be worst without the work in advance !

Anonymous Mon, Mar 16th 2015 @ 6:29pm

Hello RATG: are you being too hard on yourself? Maybe give yourself permission to cut yourself some slack - given it is a rough time of year for you; I think Silvia is right - you are probably doing better than you think. And celebrate the fact that you made it to yoga (which always helps me) and into here! It's great to hear from you - thank-you.

Siliva A Tue, Mar 17th 2015 @ 2:57am

Ops, Julia's contribution.

The Entertrainer Tue, Mar 17th 2015 @ 5:38am

Thanks, Silvia... that looks like a good link, so I hope lots of folks will follow the link. Happy Habit Forming!

Julia Tue, Mar 17th 2015 @ 8:13am

:-) x Sylvia A. How are you?

Anonymous Tue, Mar 17th 2015 @ 1:15pm

Hello and thank you Sylvia and Frankie. Very true, thanks for pointing it out! :-) love ratg x.

Silvia A Tue, Mar 17th 2015 @ 4:28pm

: )
I am doing well. I think I was more present here in January. I have been working with habits, it helped me in some situations. BJ Fogg is the reference. This other one provides a good compilation.
Lostinsppace, I never heard about her again. Do you have news from her?
Thanks, Julia!

Happy Habit Forming - Liked it!!!

Silvia A Tue, Mar 17th 2015 @ 4:40pm

One important thing in BJ Fogg's work is that is very important to reward ourselves after each habit done. I just say well done! But this is something I need to do more. It is very simple but effective.
That is why I really liked the expression "Happy Habit Forming"!

Elizabeth Wed, Mar 18th 2015 @ 10:40am

Oh. "Very free" translation indeed. Thank you ...

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