Hō‘imi means “look for better and best.” It is about a positive orientation of mind that invites good to happen. It is based on the belief that life is abundant and that aligning with this abundance and its potential, rather than falling prey to doom and gloom, will encourage proactivity and fruitful outcomes to follow.
This value is connected to the value of ‘Imi ola (to seek your best possible life). Hō‘imi is a precursor to ‘Imi ola, as this change in mindset allows you to seek your best possible life no matter your current circumstance. Hō‘imi invites you to look at your life with a cup half full vs a cup half empty approach. And to cultivate your proactivity for taking your half-full cup and either filling it up or enjoy what is in there to drink!
In life, it can be tempting to look at our circumstance and compare it to others who we perceive to have more or have it better. We can get into that stagnant place where feeling better or making change is tied to having more money, or a different home, or different partner, or any other excuse that can keep us in a rut and stop us from taking action. Hō‘imi calls on us to shift our mindset so the shift of circumstance can be invited in. Once the invitation is there ‘Imi ola calls us to create what we can envision as our best life.
Hō‘imi does not indulge in an attitude of scarcity or lack. It aligns with positive potential, abundance, and hope, bringing inspiration and motivation to make things better. Hō‘imi isn’t about having more money or striving for material things, however, it’s about your attitude, your expectancy, and your overall sense of optimism.
Hō‘imi is not a Pollyanna value that denies hardship or needs us always to be light and sweet. The person who values Hō‘imi can be described as an idealist with a grounding sense of realism. Positive orientation is an invitation that doesn’t always mean achieving something will be easy, yet with this value, you are up for the challenge and have the will to persevere to create better and best.
Hō‘imi is alive and well in Hawaiian culture as it is a fundamental aspect of the Aloha spirit. Hawai’i is a place with a deep connection to spirit and the life-giving Mana of the natural world. There is a trust in the universe and its abundance that lays the groundwork for living a value such as this.
Being grateful aligns us with a positive mindset and focuses on the good and not dwelling on the hard stuff too much. When we are grateful for who we are, who is around us, what we have, and what the future may hold it changes our biochemistry. It leads to better health, better moods, better relationships, and better outcomes in life.
Hō‘imi is a value that aligns with abundance, and with abundance, generosity comes easy. When we are generous with ourselves and with others, energy flows with more ease through our lives. It keeps our hearts open and helps us stay creative and collaborative.
When we make a point to be dedicated and committed to our endeavors, our families, and our own well-being, life has more meaning. When we feel a sense of purpose, we can strive more easily toward our goals and feel better as we are on the journey to get there.
It is much easier to sustain a positive outlook on life when we do what we need to take care of ourselves. We can be more generous, more committed, and more grateful when prioritizing and loving ourselves as much as we do others.