Building Hope

By Justin Grunert, MSM

As a movie buff, I love horror movies. And lately, zombies are having a moment. I have seen some great zombie movies and some really awful ones. Maybe they fit when a deadly pandemic ravages the world, causing people to become infected with a fatal disease. The only difference is that the dead are not trying to eat us.

If you break down the zombie movie trope, most have a message of hope. Survivors come together to attempt to rebuild the world and find ways to beat back the hoards of undead. The survivors always have to overcome setbacks. In the end, they always find a solution, and humanity continues.

We are not in a zombie movie but we still need to find hope in our lives, and it’s tough to do at this moment. Everything seems to be going wrong. Think about it: We stumble and fall or our team loses, and it can stink. We are allowed mourn the loss, but we can’t give up. We must find ways to pick ourselves up and carry on and look for hope.

Take a moment and write down three good things that have happened during the last six months. At the end of every week, write down or tell someone one good thing that has happened in the previous seven days. It doesn’t have to be complicated–it can be simple.

I am happy to get you started. Last week, my spouse and I took and our dog to the beach. We spent the afternoon playing in the water and spent some much-needed time talking and laughing with each other.

That was my good thing for the week. What’s yours?

Justin Grunert, MSM, is IPMI’s LMS and training coordinator.