I love this idea of the human spirit and the elevation of us beyond ourselves. Can you think of a time where you felt elevated beyond yourself? Maybe at the birth of a child. Maybe as you were participating as part of a team where you just gelled together and accomplished a great feat. Maybe as you were engaged in a some type of musical venue that lifted you up, or a church service, a motivational talk, or a rally. That feeling of elevation where you felt you were part of something and it raised you up.
Those moments are special, they stick with us, they fill up our soul, they propel us to greatness, they nourish us, they give us hope. I think all of our spirits could use some hope and some nourishment right now. What gives you hope? What nourishes your spirit? It's important that we each are filling up our spirit these days, so we can continue to spread hope and love out into the world and so that we can continue to elevate ourselves and others from the ordinary into the extraordinary.
In his TED talk, Sherwin Nuland also dissected the word hope. I really enjoy and find it useful to look at the root meaning of words, it provides me with a deeper meaning that I otherwise would have missed. Hope is an abstract idea, it's not a concrete word. It's defined as an expectation of something good that's due to happen.
The Indo-European root of the word hope is the stem 'keu', it is the same root that the word curve (to bend) comes from. What is means is a change in direction, going a different way. Changing course, taking a different path.
It's hard to have hope when things aren't changing direction, when we're operating in the status quo and not shifting course. It's like the old adage of the definition of insanity...doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
The Hebrew and Greek equivalent of our English word hope carries the meaning of a strong and confident expectation. Putting the Indo-European root and the Hebrew and Greek equivalent together, creates the meaning of the word hope as a confident expectation that a desirable change is likely to happen. I like that definition of hope. What if each of us nourish our spirit and spread hope by helping to confidently change the direction of where we are going?
Sherwin Nuland also discussed the word philanthropy. The Greek concept of philanthropy is the love of human kind. Philanthropy arises out of a form of love. Spirit, hope, love. The world will be saved by the human spirit of hope and love for human kind.
I invite you to nourish your spirit by doing what elevates you to greatness, to spread hope by being the change you desire to see in the world, to be philanthropic and spread your love of human kind, nourishing humanity as you nourish your own spirit. Be confident and lead with your heart, your inner wisdom. Let the truth of your being match the way of your being.