there is hope for {hope}

by Tina on January 20, 2012

in family, photography

Some one asked me recently if I am as optimistic in real life as I portray myself on my blog.  I have thought a lot about

that question because I feel compelled in the deepest of ways to present myself here as I truly am.  I do not hide

behind my screen, but merely use it as a way of projecting myself into the world… or at least that is what I hope to do.

I talk a lot about living your dreams and striving for those things that you want most in life…

and about living every moment to it’s fullest as though it is the very last…

But what do you do when life doesn’t go the way you hoped or when all of your greatest efforts produce a result that

look nothing like what you expected?  I consider myself to be a fatalistic optimist.  I hope for the best but when I

face my deepest disappointments, I just take them as part of life and make every effort to learn from them.

I seek after what is good, what is worthy… you know, that something to hold on to.  And when the worst of times

come, as they have for all of us, I cling to hope because some days there is nothing more than the hope

that hope will return.

I have faith in God and that faith has brought me through times that even still make my heart hurt at just the

thought of  them.  Living overseas and traveling extensively has also made me realize how blessed my life is.

A defining moment in my life was when I visited the cold South African bush at the young age of seventeen and

watched children attend school  with nothing more than a thin shirt and a frayed pair of pants… and no socks

or shoes.  Some days I feel overwhelmed by how small and insignificant I feel in this vast world… that there are not

enough minutes or hours in a day to help those who have lost all hope.  I feel compelled to help others, and right

now I am considering some new ways for 2012 that I can use my creativity to be an encouragement to others.

Perhaps some of you have some ideas or thoughts that you could send my way?  

Have you used your creativity to help others?  If so, how?  

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kisha January 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm

This is such a heartfelt meaningful and beautiful post. Yes, I’ve used and will continue to use my creative gift to touch others. I just recently started creating cards to send to one of my fellow scrap friends son that’s currently in jail. I’m also working on gathering supplies to make baskets/cards and food boxes for the elderly. Thank you for this post. I hope it touch someone heart that’s in need of hearing this.

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Karen January 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Hi Tina! I was just wondering, do you and your family go to an international church in Copenhagen? I have been looking for one here and am not sure where to go. Thanks so much!

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Eva January 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I loved your post today. Yes, I use my creativity as a writer…about a year ago friends and I organized and fundraised the first poetry festival for children in a part of Central America where many lives were devastated because of the civil war there, it was geared to help the children come and enjoy 3 days at the library of games that would help them enjoy reading, and workshops so they could express themselves creatively. The best ways to heal wounds of the soul is through art.

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Tina January 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

@Karen I just sent you an e-mail with some contact info. We actually attend a Danish church. It’s total immersion for us! 🙂

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Tina January 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

@Kisha and Eva Girls, I just love those ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them. It’s great that we can encourage one another and share new ideas!

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Monica January 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I’m still only discovering my creativity. It’s funny that I did not realize that I am a creative person until I reached my 30’s. This is a beautiful post, and it’s really made me think about optimism and hope, and looking at the challanges we are faced with. Thank you

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Sarah January 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

A very beautiful post – both in words and images.

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Naomi January 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm

hooray! what a fantastic post . . . I’m so glad you asked; and will be checking back often see what other ideas are offered!

I think that one of the most basic ways that I use my creativity to encourage others (and have received encouragement from others) is by creating a warm home environment, and inviting them over for a coffee or a meal. In the end, it’s really the conversation and the time spent together that is encouraging, but the space and the food that are the medium that allow that to happen.

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Holly January 26, 2012 at 7:52 am

When I wear the white earings I bought from you a while back when you were donating the proceeds, it always reminds me to keep giving…pay it forward so to speak.

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