“To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing”
– Raymond Williams (Welsh novelist & critic 1921-88)
After reading Naomi Klein’s book ‘This Changes Everything’ (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2014) this quote from Raymond Williams really resonated with me. So much of what makes hope possible or despair convincing is in the words, messages, and body language we use, hear or interpret in our communication and building of our relationships.
I have been talking a great deal about ‘This Changes Everything’ over the past couple of weeks and am fascinated how most people respond. Can you guess which camp their responses fall into? If you guessed despair, you are right. As a society we seem to be loosing hope for the future, the future our children and grandchildren will inherit. For me, despair implies being closed to possibility, judging our self and others, believing no one can create change, the change needed to make a difference.
As inhabitants of this planet, we are all in this together. If we become radical and choose hope it opens us up to exploring and discovering new opportunities, opportunities that may help us collaborate to create a better understanding of how we can connect with our planet and navigate our way to a better future. Our ability to explore and discover comes from being curious. After all, curiosity has been fundamental to human evolution in the discoveries we have made and diseases we have cured. If we are to continue to successfully evolve, we need to become curious about how we live on this planet, how we connect with others, and how we connect to respect each other and the planet. Curiosity creates hope and that begins with you.
For the remainder of this week, pay close attention to your communication and listening skills and be aware of how often you are making hope possible as well as how often you are making despair convincing. How is your mindset and use of communication skills serving you and affecting those around you?
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