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I learn new words all the time. I’m living in a country that speaks arguably #1 of the 10 hardest languages in the world to learn. I often ask people to speak like they’re five when I interpret for them, because I assume I’ll at least know the majority of the words they’re using.

So today I’m throwing a new one out there: “vulnerhopability.”

You might want to ask, “Why?” Because I want to solve a pendulum-swinging problem that has plagued generations.

A few decades ago, everyone needed to be strong and present an err of perfection and ability to complete whatever task was at hand. These people believed it. They figured out that they could solve a lot of problems with hard work and determination. They had a grasp on technological and scientific advancements. The world seemed like a great place. These people knew there were problems, but wanted to focus on the good that was coming to the ignorance of the reality they were facing. They called this “hope.”

And then we started dropping atom bombs on each other and realized that maybe everything wasn’t going to be perfect. We started to take a jaded look at the world and believed the lie that we were the result of a billion-kadrillion (maybe I’ll blog on this word next) years of evolution. Without anything to look forward to, we lost our sense of significance and went deep into a darkness that caused us to lose any sense of forward motion. We got desperate and depressed. We didn’t want to be fake and pretend nothing was wrong. We called this “being vulnerable.”

Swinging to either one of these generational problems results in an ugly world. If we’re all ignorantly wishing that the world would be nice, we’re in for a rough surprise. Conversely, if all want to do is lay around an apply another layer of black lipstick, I’m afraid our addictions are only going to get worse.

The answer? “Vulnerhopeability.” We need to be vulnerable. We have made mistakes. The world isn’t perfect. There’s a real problem we’re facing. But we also need to be hopeful. We’re not cosmic accidents. We’ve been created for a destiny, which can and will shape our direction and our doings. Life can get better. But it won’t without our commitment to simultaneously remaining vulnerable and hopeful.

What problem are you facing? Be honest.
How can the situation change? Be hopeful.


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