Reflecting on Hope and Change

If you haven’t had a chance yet to explore The Onward Workbook, I highly recommend you do so. The Onward Workbook is the companion piece to Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators. The workbook is divided into 12 chapters that coincide with the chapters in the book. Within the workbook are 365 activities to help cultivate your resilience as you explore the habits and dispositions in a more personal way. So yes, there is one activity for every day of the year to help you on this journey to resilience.

This month’s habit is Ride the Waves of Change. I wanted to share one of the workbook activities with you to give you a sense of how this can compliment the work you are doing with Onward. The activity Reflecting on Hope and Change offers 3 quotes on hope and change that Elena has chosen because they speak to her:

Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. – Vaclav Havel, Czech playwright and political leader

Things don’t always change for the better, but they change, and we can play a role in that change if we act. Which is where hope comes in, and memory, the collective memory we call history. -Rebecca Solnit

History says, don’t hope

On this side of the grave.

But then, once in a lifetime

The longed-for tidal wave

Of justice can rise up,

And hope and history rhyme.

– Seamus Heaney

What do these quotes bring up for you? What connections can you make?