Well, here we are at the beginning of another New Year! I looked for an image that would symbolize this particular unprecedented transition but couldn’t find anything quite right. Then I remembered this quote by Desmond Tutu which I used in a class I facilitated about hope last year. And who better to feature than the brilliant, courageous, joyful, and sadly, late Archbishop Desmond Tutu?

Hope is being able to see the light despite all the darkness.

– Desmond Tutu

As many of you probably did also, I saw Desmond Tutu as part of the Bryan Series many years ago. When he walked out onto the stage, I felt a shift in the auditorium. Despite his small stature, from his huge and generous heart radiated an energy which I can best describe as expansive and up-lifting. I knew I was in the presence of one who embodied truth, vision and hope.

In light of the dark years we’ve recently endured, many would say that they refuse to get their hopes up as we embark on another uncertain 12 months. Some would say I’m being naive to be even talking about hope (I’ve been called that my whole life, and it’s never stopped me from being hopeful).

So, what is hope anyway? It’s not the assurance of wonderful things but is a light which illuminates the path that stretches out ahead through parts unknown. Aren’t we all so tempted to walk the path with a guarded heart? Sure, but we can also breathe, drop our shoulders, surround our heart with courage and embark into the unknown regions of 2022. And while we’re at it, let’s invite our brothers and sisters to join us. Hope is a fire much easier to keep alive in community.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to cast my bet on Tutu’s wisdom and venture into 2022 with hope as my light to guide and bolster me through whatever darkness may befall us. Would you like to join me?