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The Most Powerful Leadership Strategy, a Hope-Building Blueprint & International Resilience Work – July Newsletter

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Hi all,

As we were pondering the topic of hope this month, Worldmaker Joe Tye shared his personal perspective. He graciously gave permission for our community to benefit from his wisdom: 

I spent much of the past several weeks with my 93-year-old Mom, who’d suffered a catastrophic stroke, so I thought a lot about what Kübler-Ross wrote about On Death and Dying. I was especially taken with what she wrote about hope.

In the hospital, Mom’s caregivers gave us hope that with rehabilitation she might be able to resume at least some semblance of her previously very active life.

In hospice, Mom’s caregivers gave us hope that her final days would be comfortable and pain-free.

Here’s what I know about hope…

Hope is not the same as optimism. If I tell you I’m optimistic world peace is right around the corner, you could ask me to justify that optimism. But if I tell you I hope world peace is right around the corner, I don’t need to explain myself. I can just hope.

Hopelessness leads to helplessness. When you have hope, there’s always something you can do.

There’s no such thing as false hope, but without hope, there is genuine despair.

Hope might not be a strategy, but without hope even the most brilliant strategy is doomed to failure. Therefore, nurturing hope can be the most important leadership strategy and approach to life.

Hope is most important when things seem most hopeless.

Hope is not denying the reality of current difficulties. It’s having faith that things will work out even if you have no idea how that can happen. Hope is replacing rose-colored glasses with rose-colored binoculars.

Photo by Mostafa Meraji on Unsplash

Stay hopeful, 

Team Worldmaker

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15+ Worldmakers will journey to South Africa and Zimbabwe at the end of the month to continue resilience work with long term partners The Africa Foundation and Consolidated Africa Services-Voluntary Private Organization.

Read more about the work in South Africa focused on supporting youth, strengthening community, and environmental and economic resilience. 

Learn more about the 2022 Resilience Symposium, exploring ways to improve mental health and wellbeing in Zimbabwe. 

Worldmaker Spotlight: Michael Osterholm

American epidemiologist and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Dr. Michael Osterholm shares his experience on Resiliency Matters TV. Dr. Osterholm reminds us to be kind to everyone and to maintain resilience, as well as hope. Click here to watch the full episode.

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