Nelson Mandela, champion of the anti-apartheid movement and former president of South Africa, died this month at the age of 95. He will be remembered for his commitment of the pursuit of racial equality and establishment of anti-poverty programs as well for his passionate belief in humanity.
Nelson Mandela for many exemplified the meaning of hope for humanity.
For so many of the clients I work with feeling hopeful is a key part of their long term healing process.
It is scary to feel sick every day and to honestly feel your body is failing you. Feeling a lack of control of your health can be a form of post traumatic stress disorder. I feel so fortunate that I stumbled upon the low FODMAP diet research as it hit the medical literature. The low FODMAP diet, for so many of my clients and others around the world, has provided hope. Hope that their ailing GI tract will one day be calm and reliable.
I find Nelson Mandela’s words inspirational and so fitting for all of us. The importance of keeping optimistic and not giving up on yourself. Always place one foot in front of the other and move ahead.
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
Never give up. Find your answers. That is what I say almost every day to my clients with digestive distress. Find the right doctor, ask questions, don’t take no for the answer (unless it makes sense), become knowledgable and an advocate in your own digestive health.
We all fall down….and learn valuable lessons when we do. ALWAYS look for your lesson.
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
Further reading on hope can be find here!
The holiday season, to me, is a time to offer hope to others that may need a little help finding it on their own. It might be making a treat for an elderly neighbor or sending an anonymous gift card to a family in financial need.
Two of my neighbors have spearheaded a gift of hope to our local Mother and Child shelter. Local moms from my community donate gifts-jewelry, gift cards, lotions and potions to the moms spending the holiday at the shelter. These gifts are all packaged up and provided to the Moms as a token of love and hope.
We all have the ability to give the gift of hope and love. Please share your favorite way to give the gift of hope by leaving a comment on the blog and you will be entered in a chance to win a gift bag of homemade (by me) gift tags.