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HOPE: a NECESSITY in LIFE and EDUCATION


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Learn to connect the “4-H’s” of education: Head/Heart/Hands/Hope

Today, Saturday, July 10,  2010, we are fortunate to have a guest article on “HOPE” by Catherine Wilkes. Catherine is both a certified school teacher and a registered psychologist practicing in St. Albert and Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA.

She leads delightful workshops “everywhere,” demonstrating good teaching practices and the importance of good HOPE as an active learning ingredient.

One of the keys to Catherine’s effectiveness as a teacher and as a counselor is her engagement of HOPE as an integral part of what she and her clients do. For Catherine, HOPE is not purely an intellectual concept. She lives it. She walks her talk.

Thank you Catherine! We are grateful for your example in our lives and in the lives of schoolchildren everywhere!

Article and photos from: C. Wilkes Associates Inc., http://catherine-wilkes.com/hope.htm

WHAT IS HOPE?”Hope is looking forward with both confidence and unsureness to something good. When we hope, we anticipate that something we want to happen can indeed happen. Even if it’s unlikely, it’s still possible. Even if others do not see things as we do, we’re still convinced what we hope for, can still come true. Will it happen for sure? No one can say. Yet when it’s unlikely, that is no reason for us to stop hoping. It is no reason to surrender the future we have envisioned.
When we hope, we expect the future can somehow be better, no matter what our present condition is. And should that future turn out to be other than we imagined, all is not lost. For when we hope the present is also affected.

As much as anything, hope helps us live with the unpredictability we must face from time to time in our lives. It serves as a companion when the future is unclear. Hope stays with us and heartens us when our options appear unlimited. When the possibilities seem to diminish, it harkens us to see life as it may become.”

WHY DO WE HOPE?”We hope because it is essential to the quality of our life – as essential as is breath to our physical existence. When we hope, we are willing to get up one more time when we fall down. We are willing to give ourselves one more chance, again and again.

With hope we can deepen as a human being.
With hope we can find meaning in how we respond to what has happened to us.
With hope, whatever the outcome, we can go on.”

Resource: Jevne, R. F., & E. Miller (1999). Finding hope: Ways to see life in a brighter light. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Willowgreen Publishing.

Thank you, Catherine Wilkes! ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

“[HOPE*] is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

*FAITH is the word Tagore used. Quotation from: ThinkExist.com: http://thinkexist.com/quotation/faith_is_the_bird_that_feels_the_light_and_sings/14481.html

Here’s to HOPE!

Doc Meek, Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

P.S. A  final insight from Vaclav Havel, via Catherine’s website:

“Hope is not the conviction

that something will turn out well,

but the certainty that something makes sense,

regardless of how it turns out.”

~ Vaclav Havel



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