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HOPE Springs Eternal

Posted by Thomas Edwards on June 19, 2017 11:10 AM EDT
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One of my favorite sayings that my grandmother would use often in my youth to describe optimism in the face of adversity was.....

a very simple admonishment.  When presented with some sort of difficult issue, or a problem which she had not a ready solution for, my ever-positive grandmother would say, "Hope springs eternal".  And then she would remind her young brood of grandchildren (I was the oldest of them by the way) that there were lots of things around us which were once significant lifestyle challenges that had been overcome.

She would describe living before there was air conditioning, or television, or cars, or refrigerators or polio vaccinations, or pasteurization....or fast food. 

And then she would say that every problem has at least one solution and most problems could be solved by ordinary people.   

We'd laugh.  And we would tell her thanks so much for reminding us of the power of positive thinking.  Then she would shrug and she would say that when all else fails just remember that "hope springs eternal". 

So, in the healthcare and employee benefits industries, and the emerging world of collective impact and social collaboration on difficult issues such as population health management, the words, "hope springs eternal" are most appropriate.  And in the world of short text messaging and acronyms run amuck the word hope has a new meaning.

So here's one to consider as both worthy and applicable, "Helping Other People Excel (H.O.P.E) springs eternal"!

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