• Holding Hope: Meet Daryl

    Holding Hope: Meet Daryl

    I spent some time recently hanging with my teenage daughter and talking about world happenings. I won’t go into detail as we all have already heard so much. Most of us are saturated with news stories about terrorism, politics, and more. I try not to spend a lot of time around the negative, but found this time a great opportunity to discuss life stuff with my daughter. So often the media is focused on the bad. I began to wonder what it would be like if instead we focused more of our time and energy on what is right and good about the world and each other.

    The next afternoon while I was standing outside my house with my daughter, one of my long time friends pulled up in the driveway. We shared a laugh over our perfectly coordinated clothing colors, and I asked my daughter to take a picture. As I sat looking at it later, I thought about the years I have known this friend, and I thought about the good that I know about her. She is a quiet angel that gets up every day with a purpose to make someone else’s day better.

    She starts with her family. She struggled, as many of us did, to get her two children into this world, suffering five miscarriages along the way.   She left a teaching career to stay home with them, and then she decided to homeschool. She is about to see her son graduate from high school and leave for Auburn. Her daughter is close behind. Her children are two of the most wonderful and well-adjusted people you could ever want to meet, or be around. She has worked to make school fit their personalities over the years instead of fitting them into the school model. She has done it with the same patience and love that she offers to others, whether they are family or friend. She is somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody!

    She has been a loyal friend, a great listener, a backup parent, a loving cat sitter, an editor, and a rescuer (she was the first one to my house when I had a seizure after developing a life-threatening blood infection while undergoing treatment for cancer.) Daryl is also a steadfast student, attending my yoga classes and retreats since I began teaching.   I am sure there is something I am forgetting!

    She has her eyes open, always looking for those that might need a pick-me-up, a kind word, a note, a smile, or help in some way. In no way does she ever seek the spotlight. But at this moment I want to put her there as a story about the good there is in the world, now in this time, this moment.

    Let us remember to focus on the good; not only in others, but also in ourselves. May we celebrate that which is good, and give little energy to that which is not.   If you agree – share a story and a photo in the comment section about someone you know who is making a positive difference by shining their light into other’s lives, and together we can magnify that light in a world so in need! 

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    About the Author

    Hope Knosher May 2016 Lucy Head Shot for Contributors on front page of blog-Hope is the founder of Hope’s Yoga and a passionate yoga teacher, writer, and healthy living coach who found her voice and her strength through her practice. She loves inspiring others to be more of who they truly are and to live a more joyful and connected life through sharing the practices of yoga, mindfulness, and healthy living. She believes there is a yoga practice for everyone and is passionate about helping others find their practice. Hope’s Yoga has been named Best of Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine and Hope is a regular contributor at MindBodyGreen, Lucy Activewear, and her writing has been featured in many other outlets. Connect with Hope at www.hopesyoga.com for more information including her retreat calendar and to sign-up for her newsletter and a free gift.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hope Knosher, Certified Yoga Therapist-IAYT, E-RYT500 and Founder Hope’s Yoga.

    Hope is a passionate yoga teacher, writer, breast cancer survivor, and healthy living coach who found her voice and her strength through her practice. Overcoming breast cancer 7 years ago, Hope turned to yoga to help her heal. After her practice lifted her mentally, physically and emotionally she experienced a heartfelt calling to share the healing qualities of yoga with others. She founded Hope’s Yoga and began sharing her experiences and her passion for yoga and healthy living through teaching, writing and speaking. Hope loves inspiring and empowering others to live a more joyful and connected life and to be more of who they truly are. Through sharing the practices of yoga, mindfulness, and healthy living she helps others reduce chronic stress, increase awareness, compassion, and mindfulness; while strengthening body and mind. Hope’s writing is featured by MindBodyGreen, Lucy Activewear, Mantra Magazine, Natural Awakenings, The Wellness Universe, as well as her own blog. Hope’s Yoga has been named Best Of Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine and Hope has been named one of Atlanta’s Over 40 and Fabulous by Best Self Magazine. Connect with Hope at www.hopesyoga.com for more information including her full schedule, retreat calendar; or to schedule corporate or private classes and speaking engagements.

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  • Posted by Tina on May 16, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Hi Hope,
    I love this story about your dear friend. She is a treasure indeed!
    If it were not for my faith in Christ I don’t think I could handle all the negativity in this fallen world. Focusing on the positive does make a difference! One thing I recall telling my children to do was to have an ‘attitude of gratitude’ because there is always something to be grateful for in your life. This allows you to shift your focus onto the ‘good’ and then it’s easier to be a blessing to others.
    Happy Monday to you 🙂
    Tina

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