A friend told me about a project to leave stones around her village with messages of hope written on them. I love the idea that you could just pick up the stone and hold on to it, like a talisman.

If only hope was really so easy to find. Many clients have lost their ability to hope and feel mired in sadness and loss at the moment.

After such a difficult year when our hopes have been dashed over and over again because of the pandemic, it’s been a difficult time to feel hope.

In therapy we often hold the hope for our clients, when they have none. My old supervisor used to say it was like holding a candle in the dark. When our clients are ready we hand the candle back to them, which is an image of hope I hold close.

Entering therapy is a very hopeful thing to do, it means we believe we don’t have to suffer and could live another way. By grasping at hope, we learn to look again at ourselves with love and compassion.

So look for hope in small ways; the kindness of a stranger, a great chat with a friend, hug from your child, it is there if we look but we need to tune in to see it and open our hearts to it.

I hope you find some hope this month. With every passing day Spring is on its way and with it, hopefully, better times to come.