How Hope Can Help Us Embrace The Change
Day 11 of Project 21 Days of Hope
One of the things that makes hope discomforting is its propensity to always challenge the status quo.
Humans have a natural urge to resist all change. It is pretty much a value neutral urge which basically means that we, instinctively, don’t like even those changes that are otherwise good or beneficial.
To nurture hope by definition implies nurturing the possibility of change, of disrupting the status quo. People usually don’t prefer pessimism because they are natural masochists but simply because it seems like a comfortable option. It allows you to stick to the familiar, even when the familiar is fundamentally problematic and tinged with dissatisfaction.
Hope forces us to look beyond the status quo. It shakes up our comfort zone and constantly prods us to realize that there is a world beyond our comfortable cocoon. That things can be better. That we deserve better.
Hope is not just a catalyst and a great motivator to actually introduce a desirable change. It is also a great change management tool in situations where a change is thrust upon us, by personal, professional or circumstantial compulsions.
My mother often likes to say that change is always good. It is a blanket statement that may or may not be entirely true. Because of course, there are changes that are not good or comfortable or even desirable.
But by repeating that statement, my mother brings in an element of hope, an element of optimism that allows us to override the fear that inevitably accompanies every change.
Hope is an antidote to the fear of change. If not an antidote, it is at least a suppressant, a tool that allows us to deal with our fear long enough to process change in a way that is constructive, productive and as beneficial as possible.
In worst case scenarios, hope helps survive the change with a promise that eventually things will get better. We only have to hold on.
Hope is critical if we want to make the best of any change, whether chosen or forced. Because irrespective of how momentous the change maybe, how we survive it and what we make of it is always up to us.
Until next time
Embrace the change!