How hope can fill a future and a now

“Hope” (in a Christmas list!) by Tamara Magnitsky

I LOVE that picture from Tamara this week! My daughter, like hers, does the very same thing when contemplating her list. My girl tells me “You never know Momma, Santa might think I am VERY good.” I guess that is true. You never do KNOW do you? Now both Tamara’s daughter and mine are not going to get everything they ask for, this is a given, but their HOPE is very real. Kids are masters at this one. Thankfully they are also masters at enjoying what they have so the gifts they ultimately receive and will enjoy what they do get.

What about you? Are you willing to HOPE? Really hope for more then you are likely to receive? I know I temper my hopes with logic and with reason. I won’t HOPE too much for fear of being disappointed. As I type this I see that this is wrong. Hope can expand us and open the world for us.

January sees how hope can fill a future and a now:

Hope in a wedding dress by January Handl

My grown daughter stands there
In her wedding gown,
My eyes tear up and a
Rush of memories flood
My mind,
My heart

This moment,
This present moment
Is pregnant with hope
and it brings me back to
the many jeweled moments
that led to this one
of crystalline presence

Hope always exists for
Sometime in the future
And yet fills this now
With the courage
The determination
The vision
And the love
That was started
Before this…..

Each moment
We are alive
To our gratitude
To the grandeur
Of being
We are planting
The seeds
That will blossom
Into the next
Beacon of hope
I let the tears
The future awaits
And I am ready

Yes, hope is a seed. A powerful seed. When we can learn to love what we get we can open our hearts to more hope. This week I plan to love what a get and HOPE for a whole lot more!

As January says “the future awaits” are you ready?


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

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