Joe Biden’s recent interview with Meghan McCain on The View was heart wrenching, powerful, authentic and emotional. It was a beautiful connection, and his word of advice was clear for the McCain family. He has stressed the importance of this one thing over and over again. The necessity to maintain it, no matter what life brings. And Joe Biden certainly has been through a lot.
“You have to have hope.” – Joe Biden
Time, USA Today, NY Times, Vanity Fair, CBS, CNN… they all reported on that one thing, and many in the headlines. Which I think alludes to the magnitude of the message and relevance for today’s world.
It was a powerful segment — and critical in these times as hopelessness is a primary symptom of depression and the number one predictor of suicide. In the US, 36% of young girls are reporting depression prior to high school, and suicide is the leading cause of death for teens age 15-18.
Yes. Such truth. We MUST have hope. And across sectors, from politics to music, there is an agreement. In an article for Lenny, singer-songwriter Kesha talked about this same thing, specifically as it related to her depression:
“I know that I was never abandoned by my fans, my animals, or my family, but when you are depressed — really, truly depressed — you feel like you have nothing. Even having my kitties sleeping next to me in my darkest of hours couldn’t bring me light. It is in these moments when even the most cynical among us are forced to turn to something other than ourselves — we turn to prayer, or something like it. You look past your shame, past your desire to hide, and admit you need help.and channeling it into music.
An article in Rolling Stone quoted Kesha as saying:
“And I think the beautiful part is that you hold onto hope … and you keep showing up for yourself.”
These are beautiful and important testaments to the work we are doing to promote hope through our Global Hope Challenge. As we agree, no matter what life brings, you must have at least #OneThing that brings you #Hope, even in your darkest of times.
For some, it may be music. Others, a friend. Maybe it is work. Or kids. Or nature. Or it could be the person on the other end of the suicide hotline. No matter what, each and every one of us must have something.
Please consider joining the challenge, and sharing your #OneThing for #Hope. It just may inspire someone else. You never know.
My #OneThing? At the moment, my work teaching Hope via our program Hopeful Minds inspires me. We teach it as a skill. While in infancy stages, we saw positive results in Northern Ireland with reduction in anxiety, and an increase in hope and emotional regulation skill. So my #OneThing is ultimately the thought that we can somehow, someday prevent anxiety and depression from occurring.
I’d love to hear yours.