On Monday, we talked about how to survive childless holidays. (You can read that blog here.) One strategy I suggested is to “find your tribe.” I believe hope helps us find our tribe. Because I believe hope builds community . . .
Hope Builds Community
How does hope build community? Well, when we are honest & open about our struggles, when we find our purpose, and when we encourage one another, a vibrant, supportive community is built. I have seen it happen here at Not So Mommy…, plus at Childless Christians (a closed Facebook group, of which I was an admin for 2 years).
We’ve discussed these three aspects of hope during the 2018 Childless Holidays Series. In case you missed something, here are the blogs from this year’s “Finding & Spreading Hope” series…
Childless Holidays: 2018 Series Round-up
Now, I realize that hope is often a four-letter word to we childless not by choice. As we try to accept that we will never have children of our own, hope can become our enemy. So, if this word can be triggering for our CNBC community, why did I choose it to talk about during what has the potential to be the hardest month of the year for we childless?
In order to find hope, I believe we must be Honest and Open about our struggles. In other words, the H in HOPE stands for Honest and the O stands for Open. [Read more…]
For we childless not by choice, finding purpose can be a struggle. After all, we thought our purpose was going to be taking care of the littles that we so desperately wanted. Our purpose was to be a parent. When that doesn’t happen, many of us struggle to find the purpose, the meaning of our life. If we are to find and spread hope, however, I truly believe we must find our purpose. [Read more…]
The E in HOPE… Well, it stands for “Encourage one another.” Because life is hard. And a childless life… It comes with its own unique set of challenges. [Read more…]
Yes, hope builds community.
So, the kind of hope I’m talking about indeed builds community. It’s not the “don’t give up,” “it will happen,” “just believe” kind of hope. No, I’m talking about the kind of hope that is brave enough to be honest and open about real life struggles. The kind of hope that finds purpose, in spite of the fact that life is turning out differently than we expected. The kind of hope that encourages others even though we may be struggling ourselves. Yes, that hope builds community.
So, let’s find hope and spread hope this holiday season and always, fabulous ones. That way, we can do more than survive. With hope that builds community, we can thrive!
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