In the quiet moments of winter, the common troubles of our world seem to drift away like falling snow, leaving us with a handful of things that really matter. As we transition from one season to the next, growing in strength and belief in ourselves, here are three simple things worth hoping for in our lives.

Wisdom

The hope for knowledge and understanding while moving through the world. The hope for clarity of sight to look beyond current circumstances, disappointments and failures, and the hope for the realization that our brightest futures await just beyond the border of what is visible in the present time.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. – Socrates
 

Peace

The hope for inner balance and stillness in moments of reflection and meditation, hope for the courage to battle personal challenges, and hope for the strength to guide others toward the possibility of tranquility.

Peace is the only battle worth waging. – Albert Camus
 

Light

The hope for the brightness of all things to shine through darkness, hope for enlightenment in our thoughts, and illumination in our actions, and above all, hope for the sharing of light between people – like the light of a single candle, our flame is never diminished by sharing with others. 

There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen

These three concepts are not wholly simple in themselves. Seeking wisdom, peace and light in our world requires effort and energy. However when we place these concepts in the forefront of our minds, and approach them one day at a time, it can be amazing how unimportant many other demands in life suddenly become.