Mothers In Crisis is challenging everyone to take hope breaks throughout the day because sometimes you have to schedule a little hope into your day.
Steps to Taking Hope Breaks:
- Schedule breaks into your normal routine in five-minute increments
- Find a quiet place
- Take five to ten deep breaths
- Think about good things happening, instead of the worst-case scenario think of the best-case scenario
- Make an affirmation and speak it out loud
- Repeat as often as needed
How to Create and Spread Hope in Your Daily Life
With seemingly constant negative news reports telling of school shootings, suicides and more, you may feel like there is little to feel hopeful about these days, but experts say that having hope can be a powerful tool in good times and bad.
“Whether you’ve lost a job or a loved one, or you’re experiencing general feelings of despair, hope can give you strength and renew your potential and purpose,” says Dr. Rosalind Tompkins, founder of the National Month of Hope. “Finding hope in everyday challenges is the first step to creating a solution.”
To help you find hope in your life, as well as spread hope to others, Dr. Tompkins, a recognized “Hopeologist” and life coach offers the following advice.
- Take a Hope Break. Schedule five minute “hope breaks” into your normal routine. Find a quiet place, take five to 10 deep breaths and think about good things happening, instead of the worst-case scenario. Make an affirmation and speak it out loud. Repeat as often as needed.
- Take Action. Set goals and move forward, focusing on results. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your progress.
- Volunteer. Spread hope to your community by giving time, food and money to those in need. Whether you clean up a local park, read to children in schools or volunteer in a food pantry, you’ll be spreading hope to those who need it, which can help you feel more hopeful too.
- Have a Chat. Is there someone in your life who needs hope? Prepare yourself for a conversation with that person by turning on your own belief that things can get better. Start the conversation with something like, “I care about you and wanted to check in with you to see how things are going.” Ask them to share what they are going through and be prepared to listen. Let them know that you are there for them and reinforce feelings of hope.
- Get Involved. In the spirit of spreading positivity, Dr. Tompkins has a goal of seeing 10,000 “Hope Connections” take place throughout 2018. After talking about hope with a loved one, you can share your story by joining the conversation online using #HopeChallenge. Please help us to make 2018 the Year of Hope! While despairing often comes naturally in times of personal and public crisis, consider empowering yourself to move forward by adopting a hopeful attitude.
Take a Poetry Hope Break and enjoy the original poetry of Dr. Rosalind Tompkins:
Stars of Hope
Hope is like the stars shining through the darkness of night;
Providing light, to navigate through tough times.
Hope continues to shine, as I look up to the heavens and see planets Saturn, Venus, and Pluto,
They help me to know, that as I look at the stars, I’m looking at the substance that God used to make man, From His hand, star dust, in Him I trust.
As I look at the stars, I now see myself shining through the darkness of night, and I know that I will be alright;
Because I see others shining bright, beside me; Together, as it was meant to be.
We form a lighthouse of hope to help others find their way, through the darkness of night.
We are hanging tight, and hope is our light, as we turn the darkness into day.
If you are an inspirational poetry lover then you will love Dr. Rosalind Y. L. Tompkins latest book, Nimble Anointed Words Empower (NAWE) For more information PLEASE VISIT www.n-awe.com See a video of Dr. Rosalind Tompkins sharing Powerful Part 2, at the Beach in the Cove in California with Dr. Patricia Bailey and SEW, Sisters Empowering the World.
See Dr. Rosalind sharing the poem “In the Midst of It All” at a Women’s Retreat in St. George Island.
Hope Wake Us from This Nightmare is a poem that Dr. Rosalind wrote about the massacre that occurred in an Orlando Florida nightclub where 49 people were killed. To read the blog that appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper please visit: Life Lesson Blog
Hope Wake Us from This Nightmare
Madness and mayhem in the wake of a massacre.
Leaving people wondering what is happening.
The political pundits saying it’s about gun control and banning all Muslims.
Religious fanatics saying its God’s judgement.
ISIS taking credit.
People looking for answers.
Orlando the place where dreams come true, not you too.
Hope wake us from this nightmare.
Tell us that tomorrow will be a better day.
Tell us that politics will cease and the violence will end.
Tell us that the hatred will die and that terror can’t win.
Hope wake us from this nightmare and let the light of love shine through.
Chase away the darkness and help us to see our way to the land of promise where dreams do come true.
Hope wake us from this nightmare and stop the mindless chatter because lives have been taken and all lives do matter.
What Is It?
What is it that wakes you up from the inside out?
What is it that screams in silence but comes out as a shout that can only be heard by you and God?
What is it that calls to you when your heart is still and tickles your soul while strengthening your will?
That’s the It that can be fulfilled when you realize that,
You’ve got to have your life enhanced;
So take a chance;
To understand that there’s more in store;
For those willing to risk it all;
And seek to find what’s been left behind
But hidden deep inside.
Come take a ride with me;
Because your journey awaits, your destiny is calling, your purpose is ripe;
So take a bite of the things you desire.
I know you want to go higher and have a ball
Because You’ve Got to Have It & You Can Have It All!
It Takes One to Know One©
Women who are First are women who thirst for water that has never been tasted. So many hopes and dreams wasted while we waited for others to step up and take their places.
Women who are First are women who dare to say “I can, so what if I am not a man, I’m well able to take a stand & command all of life to bow down to my grace and power as I bring curves and brains, pumps and earrings upon the scene.”
Women who are First are women who often bear the brunt of bad jokes, bad policy, and bad breath breathing hatred and discrimination like a dragon.
Women who are First are often treated last but this too shall pass as we move to the head of the class on the backs of women who came before us and paved the way for today and tomorrow.
Women who are First are women who thirst for all that life has to offer. Take a drink, and another and another, trail blazer, mother, wife, friend, fire chief, clergy, politician, electrician, sister girl, pioneer, Cheers! Here’s to you, and you, and you, may all your dreams come true….to all the women who are First!
It takes one to know one.
Water & Sand©
From the ocean to the desert God made this great land.
He’s given us the knowledge and wisdom to understand.
It’s not about houses, cars, or material things,
But it’s all about love and the hope that brings
For new life and possibilities that expand with each and every day.
From the sky to the sea, from the forest to you and me, there is an
ocean, there is a desert, and there are mountains and valleys.
Clear as the sky on a warm summer’s day,
Sweet as the mango ripened in the sun,
Hard as the pearl enclosed in the oyster,
Grand as the mind set on finding answers
Is the life filled with oceans and deserts!
Where Is Hope©
Hope is found in the Breath that I Breathe;
In the Stars in the Sky and in the Cool of the Breeze.
Hope is found in a Baby’s Cry; or Tears rolling down the Eye,
Of one who knows that every good thing Flows from the Heart of God.
Hope is found in the Birds that Sing, in the Grass as it Grows,
In the Smell of a Rose, in the Dew as it settles upon the Ground.
Hope can be found in the middle of Pain, in the Streets of Frustration,
And in the Home of the Name that is above every Name!
Hope is found when you Hear the Name, Think the Name, or Say the Name,
It’s all the Same!
Because, Jesus IS HOPE!