We have talked a lot about hope right now for many reasons. HOPE is always in my life, and it was in my life when I created Empower Excellence for work with women on money relationships. It was in my life when Professional Women’s Connection was offered to me as West Side Professional Women’s Connection in 2013; it was the hope to make it more effective to benefit more women in their professional networking needs. It was definitely hope that guided me into the formation and perilous journey of Ageless Women of Wisdom. Hope has been with me and remains with me during this pandemic of Covid 19. In each case the “problem” was unique, and the solutions were not known.
In this time of Covid 19, there are multiple worlds of problems: health primarily, financial, socialization, anxiety, mental depression, isolation, and many more that rise to the surface when time becomes a commodity that we seldom have. The isolation, the concern, the change of patterns of life all pose a different problem for each person. And HOPE is there if we have become accustomed to knowing what it is all about before the pandemic hit. Otherwise, we may find ourselves stumbling through new schedules–our own and other family members. More than that, there are emergency needs in the area of health, money, and isolation. Many of us are also still actively employed while being placed in a remote employment situation which can be very disruptive in light of all of the other changes occurring.
As I enter my own fourth week of “shelter at home, which was easier as I work from home as the owner of my own business and programs, I found myself feeling very blessed with an additional gift of time as scheduled events and meetings were slowly cancelled. It gave me time to work through the cancellation of a major Ageless Women of Wisdom retreat which was to occur on May 27th. There were the presenters, the venue, the advertising, the caterer, and potential attendees. The Universe made it very clear, not just for me, that it was time for the world to stop. It was time to have everyone take time to find their own path through this as everything changed.
It has been a time to notice that every part of our world is changing. Just the past evening into the overnight the weather was thunder, lightening, wind, and total disruption of sleep in my location which lasted all night. While I went to bed calm and peaceful, that soon ended. My newer sleep patterns of 9 hours of sleep were totally disrupted, followed by sun in the early morning, warmer temperatures, and now in the late afternoon falling temperatures and high winds. Not unusual in Ohio, but those of us who are more aware of climate change and the total disruption of world patterns right now, it is as if the Universe is washing the Earth and spin drying it all in one day. There is a cleansing happening. There is a return to human kindness. There is a return to keeping the home fires tended with regard to family, friends, and ourselves. And, yes, for many there is fear, downright total fear.
The problem may be considered total uncertainty in many parts of our lives except for one belief and emotion: faith. And a clear tool of faith is HOPE. While it may not be recognizable right now, the Universe and consciousness are totally organized even in these uncertain times. Part of that organization is HOPE in all things. For every problem there is always a solution, and the bridge to that solution is HOPE. Yes, it is true that each person’s path is unique, and the Universe provides the solutions in a time that is unique for each, everything happens at the right time for each of us.
If faith and its tool HOPE have not been an active part of each of our lives, I believe we are being given the time to be still, to listen to the voice within us which, when given the chance, does speak to us to recognize the problem or problems and gives us some ideas of how to resolve the problems. If we listen, we will feel HOPE, the bridge to the solutions we need. But it is faith that will let us be silent enough, calm enough, to listen to what is our internal wisdom. It is then that we will feel HOPE rise up as we begin to find what we each need in this time of pandemic!