The Gift of Hope
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I recently posted my thoughts on the importance of hope on Romancing the Genres last September but given what is happening in the world and the hardship people are enduring everywhere, I wanted to share it with my readers here.
Years ago, at my romance writers group, I was given a set of blocks that spell out the word HOPE for a Kris Kringle present. I felt the relevance of this present finding its way into my hands. I needed reminding that there is power in hope. The other lovely thing about these blocks is that the letters are made from a mirror-like material, so looking at them I see myself reflecting back from the word hope. To whoever it was at the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild that gave me these blocks I want to say a huge thank you.
The pretty pastel blocks found a home just below my television screen. I put them there so that I would see the reminder often. Every time I watch a show, HOPE is there as well. My romantic heart likes to watch movies with happy endings because that leaves me with a hopeful feeling. But a lot of what is on the TV isn’t hopeful, I find those blocks spelling out HOPE act as a balance.
When the news is dire and there are stories that make me feel the world has gone crazy, HOPE is there as well. The pandemic is dragging on and I’m over it but it isn’t over. However, my HOPE blocks are there and I remember that good people are working hard to find solutions, others are working to keep up our spirits producing YouTube crafting and homemaking videos, blogs, and books with happy endings.
I’m aware that at times our world can feel just a bit too much, but HOPE for a brighter future will keep us working toward it and doing what we can when we can. For me, I mostly have to stay home and follow the health officer's advice but I can also write my books with hopeful endings. As I said in my previous post, I'm working on a Christmas novel, which is helping me to feel hopeful too.
So when the daily tally of new infections scrolls across the bottom of my television screen, the word HOPE is sitting directly beneath it.
Until next time, happy reading.
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My whole life is inspired by romance. I write romance novels of course but also love creating DIY's and decorating in a romantic style. I'm rejuvenating an old garden, including rescuing a couple of old rose bushes and planting new ones.