Are You Feeling Hoptimistic?

Monday Morning Match is a quick post – maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea – intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning.

I’m out in Montana this week doing a “retrieval” of my 81-year-old mother (her term, not mine). I’m basically helping make sure she gets back safely and without too many travel obstacles along the way. (I think we can all admit that it would be nice to have a “travel sherpa” helping us along our travels these days, right?)


 Anyhoo, my quick, yet very busy, visit to Northwest Montana means lots of activity and not much downtime. Now that I type that out loud, it sounds a lot like a successful Realtor’s week huh? “Lots of activity and not much downtime”?

 Seek Hopportunity

I’m a big believer in looking for the good instead of the bad. The glass is always “half full” in my opinion and never “half empty.” In fact, I am alway trying to be more optimistic, instead of seeking the gray areas just beyond real life and leaning towards the negative. Perhaps that’s why when we walked out of a restaurant in downtown Kalispell, Montana I was so excited about the “Hopportunity” to write this post.


This small tree sits right outside the quaint 12-table restaurant that has become one of the “must-visit” places in the Flathead Valley. Every time I come out to visit (or escort Mom to or from) Montana, we make it a point to visit Hop’s. Sure, the food, drink, and ambiance are fantastic, it’s the small “reminder” outside that brings you back to reality.

The Tree of Hoptimism

Imagine a small tree outside the bar where patrons and residents can leave messages of hope, compassion and good will. There are hundreds of messages from people, hanging from the branches of this tree. It stops people in their tracks to read the words of their fellow residents of Kalispell, their fellow travelers, their fellow Americans and their fellow humans.

I thought as a Monday Morning Match, I would share a few of the messages. As you read them, feel inspired. As you read them, be excited about what might be coming in your future. As you read them, think about what might be next.



As you read them, think about your “hopportunity” to build relationships, solve problems, and have fun.

Let me ask you…What would you write to hang on this tree?

What is your message of Hoptimism?





One Response to Are You Feeling Hoptimistic?
  1. Susan
    August 28, 2017 | 10:36 am

    “All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.” Jack Kerouae