Nesting: Hope

“State of Hope” is the theme of the current VOGUE magazine. Yes, I read VOGUE as a part of my nesting time. Nearly all of the fashion is more than what I wear, yet it gives me a sense of color and style. The jewelry advertised is beyond my budget, yet most of it makes me smile. The photographers prompt a sense of flair and wonder. The article writers provide new national and international insights. The last few months have been largely focused on the changes being envisioned in the fashion industry – everything from runway shows to manufacturing materials, styles, and processes are under consideration for change.

Which brings us back to hope. Decades ago, I proposed that HOPE is a strategy, only to see book titles that indicated hope is not a strategy. For three years, I tracked “hope” in headlines, business articles, and cultural articles. My aim: to prove that hope is a part of the lexicon of business and therefore MUST be a strategy. Consider that every advertisement is a promise of something or some experience we hope that we will get to have too. Every political campaign is full of promises we hope will come into being when we cast our votes for each of our chosen candidates.

With this issue of VOGUE, I return to the idea that HOPE is indeed a strategy that keeps people going, that prompts young people to believe in their futures, and that promotes a belief that life can be better than it is today.

“I have hope for a future where balance is restored and humans are not depleting the planet of resources – a future where we help each other and not just ourselves, where we see each other equally and without fear.” – Sahara Lin, VOGUE, September 2020

Images and ideas can support our sense of hope. Each of the magazines I receive provide images and ideas that contribute to my sense of hope and joy – much more so than reading a newspaper does; much more than watching the news does.

When our nesting time fails to create hope, comfort, and joy, we are unable to enter the world beyond our walls with the strength and stamina needed to get through the day. When nesting time includes hopefulness, we are better able to begin each day with the energy needed to meet the demands of the activities and people in our lives.

What brings you hope today?

Photo note: While on a neighborhood walk, we found this spectacular prune-plum tree burdened with 2020 bountiful beauty! Jana KempNesting is about the objects and experiences that create a sense of home. Without home, it is difficult to maintain health, find joy, or to be productive. Enjoy the Nesting series of blogs on your search for and creation of a deep sense of home. Also, enjoy browsing for fun, for gifts, and for joy-spreading possibilities. ~ Jana

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