A lesson in HOPE from Wall-E
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.
And here's a hug from Wall-E if you need one!