The Intrinsic Value of HOPE

by Onyeka Nchege on January 15, 2015

Hope Ahead blue road signRecently my family and I spent the day at the hospital as my mother went through a surgical process. We waited patiently in the general family waiting lounge with several other families (they had loved ones going through similar surgical procedures) for any news of the progress .

As my family and I sat in the waiting room anticipating the results, I noticed the unintentional effect the nurse had every time she entered the room. With every entrance she made, the room grew quiet and the focus of everyone shifted to her. After witnessing this a couple times it dawned on me that our focus went to her, because she was the deliverer of HOPE to us all on that day. We all were waiting to hear how our loved ones were doing and we were all draped in hope that our loved ones were doing well.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reflecting back on that day, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Dr. King that talks about finite disappointment and infinite hope. That day of my mother’s surgery was a scary, finite disappointment. The love I have for her fueled the infinite hope I had that she would be fine after the surgery. In my turbulent times, I first turn to God and then it is often that I think about how other leaders weathered their storms.

In many of his speeches and writings, Dr. King spoke about hope. It was the hope that things would someday be better that drove him to lead people. And that same hope rallied people together against what, at times, looked like a defeating struggle. Indubitable, from my perspective, it is this same HOPE that allowed them to “Step Over Their Line of Insurmountable

HOPE: a simple word that has the power to impact substantial change.hope
HOPE fuels belief
HOPE sharpens focus
HOPE defeats depression
HOPE raises expectations
HOPE extinguishes disbelief
HOPE gives life to our impossible
HOPE covers us to weather the storm
HOPE reveals the wants in our heart
HOPE magnifies our reasons for believing
HOPE strengthens our fortitude to persevere

Every day of my life, hope is a sustenance that encourages me. It encourages me to love unselfishly, elevate those around me and extinguish any cynicism I may have. These are actions that allow me to believe the following day will be better than the last. It is that ongoing belief that provides me with hope for my future and the future of those around me.

Take Action: Without the simple word of HOPE, how would any of us look forward to another day? Decide today to be in expectation of HOPE, and even more, be diligent in seeking opportunities to provide HOPE to others.

Leadership on the Go…It’s O.N.



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Reflection Time – It’s ON

by Onyeka Nchege on January 4, 2015

For the last three years I have been blessed to share my experiences and understandings with those who take the time to read my blog. I am honored and thankful to all of YOU who not only take the time to read what I have to say, but to those who also leave comments and offer their own insights of wisdom. So to celebrate these years of Leadership on the GO…..It’s O.N., I thought it would be fitting to share my top six list of postings thus far.

Road sign to success

A simple fact/truth about anything we want to do in life stares us right in the face and within grasp. Talking about what you want to do is simply that – “talking about it”. If you want to achieve anything you must travel on YOUR Road to Success.

 

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Transformation manifests in many ways and begins with education. Leveraging the opportunities education offers needs to be deliberate and strategic to ensure success. This post lays out 7 essential requirements to ensure you reap the benefits of transformation. Read about the Transformative Power of Education.
 

Связи между людьми

We are all accountable to each other in all aspects of our lives – Personal, Professional, and Spiritual. Someone has to say “I am my brothers keeper and I will break this cycle of selfishness”. It can be done. It will require some really simple steps….and you will be surprised at how effective it can be. Read about it in Am I My Brother’s Keeper.
 

The One With The NailA sure way to insure you are making progress is to take inventory of your daily activity and score your effectiveness for the day. Some days I am too scared to ask and assess myself; I just can’t handle the truth. Yet, I have found on days that I do not ask myself this question, I am less fulfilled and at times frustrated. Read more on how to take One Step Forward every day.

 

Philippine Rabbit buses (fleet Nos 299, 475, 831, 305, 297 and 143) at the bus station (terminal) at Tarlac Tarlac, Philippines.At some point all of us find ourselves in a “bus” moment. The question is what do you do when it happens. You can be a victim and stay there or you can grow strength. Read more about perception and victimization to insure you are not saying “I’m Under the Bus and I can’t get out”

 

IMG_20130723_130552 Spider PicIf you don’t watch out for the “webs” of life, you can get caught up and get off track from your vision and mission. All of us inevitably run into the webs of Life…..this post addresses 6 things you stand to lose if you get caught up in the webs. Read more about “Life Lessons Spun from Spider Webs”.

 
andrew bird:simple xAll of us have had a dream or goal that had the absolute look and feel that it was not doable. This seemingly insurmountable thing might have you convinced that it is too hard to meet and achieve. Oftentimes, we are overwhelmed by what we perceive as being insurmountable even before we begin to pursue the dream or goal. Read more to learn how to “Step over Your Insurmountable Line”
 

Looking back on these postings has allowed me to reflect on how fortunate I have been to have this platform. As I have stated here in prior postings, reflection provides us with the opportunity to see how much we have grown and it shows the areas in which we need to grow more. So again, thank you all for taking the time to read about my experiences and understandings, and more importantly for your comments. I look forward to more years of sharing.

Leadership on the GO. #ItsONnow.



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HERE and NOW Matters Most

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