Take a Stand for Hope

by Jan on June 10, 2011

“As long as you say there is no hope, then there
will be no hope, but if you go down and take a stance, then there will be hope.”
– Asmaa Mahfouz, Egyptian political activist

Ms. Mahfouz, never intended to be part of a revolution.  She just wanted one change.  That was for the President of Egypt to step down.  And she got it.

She learned that when you hope for something and take action, regardless of what the outcome might be, mountains can be moved.  Lives can be changed.
In her case she inspired
1 million+ citizens to rally together.  The Egyptian government was toppled and human rights were restored. All because Ms. Mahfouz, along with others, decided to take a stand.

You and I experience this in our own lives.  When we are really clear on what we hope for, and when we take a principled action, the very ground we stand on shakes. I know this for a fact.  I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

In my own life when I finally realized that I needed to take a stand, and said, “this doesn’t work for me anymore,” things DID CHANGE. I was 100 pounds overweight and I knew I couldn’t continue to live like that.  It took determination, and the ground in my world shook. A lot.   In fact, it continues to shake, even though many years have passed since that moment in time when I took that stand.

Ironically, I had no idea what a fateful day that was until years later. Because I said “enough is enough” I changed my life and new doors opened.  That’s part of the mystery in which hope works.

Hope wants something better—a better life, better health, a better job and even a better nation.

So, I urge you to take a mental stand on something in your life.  Decide what it is that you truly hope for and take a step toward making it happen. Slowly and steadily, one step at a time, you can make a change.  Just be sure to have a little hope.