A lesson in HOPE from Wall-E

Last Update: March 06, 2022

What lesson could Wall-E possibly teach us about hope? I think there are many!

Remember the cute eyes, so full of expression, and the amazing personification of this thoughtful little robot? There's much more to him that meets the eye.

WALL-E to the rescue!

One of my favourite films ever is "Wall-E" about a self-aware clean-up robot who has high hopes for himself, and eventually, humanity. If you haven't seen it and you are in need of a "pick me up" today, I highly recommend it. Against all the odd, Wall-E finds a way through. At almost every turn he is facing insurmountable odds against his ventures and yet he never gives up hope. Perhaps we could all learn from his attitude and persistence.

There are always many ways of looking at each and every situation. Moreover, like Wall-E, we all have the power to CHOOSE how we will feel about what happens, what is going on around us, and how we will respond to things.

Last summer, my car broke down several times in succession, and each time, my daughter would put her head in her hands and say "Not again!" She also said many other words that I would not publish here, but I'm sure you get the idea! She would then sink into a teenage sulk and mutter miserably under her breath until the very nice AA person came and towed us to the garage.

That's not to say that my first thought was not "Not again!" because quite often it was. But what I have learned through experience (that she is still learning) is that I don't have to hang on to that first negative thought. I know that I have the power to transcend it, look for things I CAN do and ways out of the situation. And a few months down the line, my car was fixed and we now say we have a 'brand new car' because of all the bits that got mended or upgraded along the way!

I'm sure you will have your own situations currently that you can think of that might cause you the same amount of concern, frustration, or worry.

HOPE vs. DESPAIR

The point here is, that faced with anything, we can look at it with HOPE or DESPAIR.

One viewpoint leads you to look for ways to cope, to fix it, and to eventually find a solution. The other leads to giving up, feelings of being a victim and powerlessness, and ultimately to further negative thoughts.

And hope is free - no one can take it from you - it is within you as an internal resource, and you can look at every situation with hope if you choose to.

So, today, whatever it is that you are doing, seeing or feeling, take a moment to consider your conscious choices about how you feel and see if you can look on the situation with a little more hope. I promise you, you will feel better. And you will then start to see solutions that were blocking out when you could only see disaster.

The earth has hope

I believe that the earth is a hopeful place and that the earth herself has hope - you can see it in the shoots that tentatively protrude through the ground when a plant starts growing. It's one of the main messages from the Wall-E film too.

My first thought was to say "plants in spring" because that's when we see the majority of plants being reborn after winter. But then I realised that there were plenty of things that are reborn or sprout during winter too, and also at many different times throughout the year. Think of things such as winter roses, pansies, and snowdrops. You see, a little hope opened my eyes to see new things!

The world is painted in the colours you add to your pallet, so why not add a little warmth, hope and compassion today. Take a lesson from our little friend and let Wall-E show you the way!

Wishing everyone a peaceful and ever-hopeful Sunday.

Gail

And here's a hug from Wall-E if you need one!

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Bridges Premium
Great post, Gail. When we look at governments it is easy to "despair" but a look at nature brings back "hope". We need to stop and smell the roses and stay hopeful...and thus positive.
Archie
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GailLowe Premium Plus
Nature is a true buffer against the 'reality' we think we live in. It always brings me joy to be in nature and to watch nature because it really is just AWESOME!
Hope you're well today. Gail
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Dadaz123 Premium
A great post on hope, Gail. The cup is either half full or half empty. Our perspective is very important in every situation. A positive slant makes us hopeful.
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GailLowe Premium Plus
Indeed - perspective is everything! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
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Dhind1 Premium Plus
Wall-E is awesome. He did indeed have hope, and he persevered until his hopes were realized.

Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten about Wall-E.

Alex
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GailLowe Premium Plus
Hi Alex
Good to hear from you again. Yes, I love Wall-E - makes me cry every time!
Gail
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
This is a very nice and uplifting post, Gail, and with everything that has been and is going on in the world, it is one which was sorely needed! I love your analogy, and the images are spectacular, my friend!

Have a wonderful new week ahead!

Jeff
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GailLowe Premium Plus
Thanks Jeff and you too! I'm a great believer in staying positive even in the face of all the horrible things we are seeing at the moment. I trust that humanity will pull through and that love can conquer anything!
Love to you and yours today.

Gail
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
That is the best way to be, Gail, especially in light of all the horrible things we are seeing now and in the past couple of years, my friend!

Thanks for sending the love! Right back to you and yours too!

Jeff
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Villageist Premium Plus
I try to be hopeful 💪😊
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GailLowe Premium Plus
And that's a start. Have a wonderful day. Gail
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