At the age of 29, John Nash was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. In “A Beautiful Mind”, the movie about his life, his wife Alicia Nash says:

The reason that belief is so important and necessary is that it keeps hope alive in us. Hope is not merely wishful thinking but a powerful energy in us that activates potential. Hope is the belief that something extraordinary is possible. We see the world, others, and ourselves dramatically different when we are looking through the lens of hope.

The next few Wellness Wednesdays will focus on hope and its power of making something extraordinary possible. Let’s begin with a simple example.

At the end of May, I bought eight tiny tomato plants.

Nearly 70 days later, here’s what those plants have become.

But here’s what’s amazing. Before I bought those eight small plants, someone planted eight tomato seeds. Take a look at tomato seeds.

What do you think? Extraordinary? I don’t think so. A tomato seed is one of the least extraordinary things I have ever seen. That is unless you look at the tomato seed through the lens of hope. Then you believe something extraordinary is possible. Then you see its potential. Then you plant and water it. Then, some 70 days later, you slice it on a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Now that’s incredible.

Look at something or someone this week through the lens of hope and allow yourself to be inspired by an extraordinary reality that began with a belief in possibility. Hope will allow you to see the abundance of extraordinary realities that surround us.

From our Top 20 team…Kevin Brennan, Willow Sweeney, and Tom Cody…who continually look at reality through the lens of hope.

Paul Bernabei
Top 20 Training