Sometimes it takes only one change to find hope.
One of my friends made one change in her diet. She stopped drinking soda and lost ten pounds. One change gave her a healthier body.
For writers, if we change one thing in the narrative, we can affect the entire story. For example, if the Wizard of Oz took place in New Orleans instead of Kansas, L. Frank Baum would have written about a hurricane instead of a tornado.
Hope sometimes hides under one possibility of change. And that one change may alter everything else.
Ann Voskamp lived with chronic depression. When an older woman challenged her to make a list of gratitudes, Ann balked. “Change can’t be that easy,” she said.
But it was. As she began to list her gratitudes—even noting something as simple as the translucent rainbow in her dishwater—the clouds of gloom lifted. Ann continued looking for gratitudes and finally, her depression left.
Last spring, my kitchen was driving me nuts. I knew I couldn’t tear down walls or rearrange the main floor, so I made the one change that was possible. I ripped off the old outdated border and painted the walls a healthy green.
Just that one change seemed to lift my spirits. Working in my updated kitchen offered new hope.
So what about you? What one change can you make in your own narrative that might change everything?
Sometimes hope is one tiny step away.
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