If Hope Matters, It Will Matter Most Today
Jayson Boyers, EdD - September 17, 2021
Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,
I have been thinking recently about the reality we find ourselves in as a country. I watched on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the names being read and remembered back to that day 20 years ago. I remember feeling frozen in the moment. Thinking back, my reality and I believe our country, was in shock over what transpired and collectively wondered when life would feel normal again.
Fast forward 20 years and we are in the midst of a pandemic for the third consecutive academic year. A country divided over what seems like everything and life feeling like normal will never come again. A nation in constant grieving over what we have lost. One word keeps going through my mind: Hope.
Hope is an interesting idea in our faith tradition and in human history. Most think of hope as waiting for things to get better and believing they will at some point in the future. In some cases, this is an apt description of the role hope plays in our lives. I believe hope is more about today than tomorrow. Hope is knowing that things are ok right now despite whatever we are navigating in our current life situation.
To me, if hope matters, it will matter most today. Hope as a lens to see every blessing and challenge. Hope as a knowing that we are creating today a better tomorrow. Hope as a tool to inspire those around us to act through kindness. Hope as an understanding that what matters most is the ability to connect right now with those we love most. If hope is to be meaningful, it exists in the present moment, otherwise it is simply wishful thinking.
My faith gives me the underlying foundation that today is the day I have been given to create the ripples that will change everything. What a gift if you really think about it. It's a gift we have given Rosemont graduates through the years and a gift to people of faith everywhere that we define the moment, it doesn't define us.
I find hope in the fact that we opened campus just a few weeks ago for a new academic year. It is a joy to see students going to and from classes and the campus coming alive more and more each day. There is so much about Rosemont that gives me hope, but it is through the students that hope manifests itself daily into something real.
At the same time, I want to acknowledge that this season of life has been hard in so many different ways for all of us. We often see the cracks in our life, and those cracks become overwhelming. Despite that, in my most grounded moments of the day, I see the gift of life in all its beautiful mess. That is when I become more capable of kindness, inspired to reach out, wanting to listen, and believing in the power of this moment. That to me is hope manifested not in some desired future but instead in what happens right now. Hope, it is just everywhere.
Peace to you,
Jayson Boyers, EdD