Most people can survive almost anything as long as there is hope for improvement in the future. Without hope, most give up in despair. Recently there has been a shocking increase of suicide even among teens. You may feel as though your circumstances are hopeless right now but that is only temporary. The key is to know that there is always hope around the corner.
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”- Christopher Reeve
Finding Your Way
To regain your hope, stay focused on the fact that you are going to be able to find hope again. You are not locked into your situation. See every so-called problem as a challenge or opportunity. Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday, but you made it or you would not be reading this now.
It’s a Matter of FOCUS
Do you feel all stressed out? Then what dominates your thinking moment by moment? It’s time to identify what is good in your life. The good things are not always big, often they are quite small and simple. I make it a practice to include something into every day that I will really enjoy, and look forward to.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimistic sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”- Winston Churchill
Time to Eat the Elephant
You have heard Ron ask “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” If I start to feel overwhelmed, I like to sit down with pen and paper and list each item that is bugging me so I can deal with them one at a time. It is much less intimidating than trying to carry the heavy load all at once.
Help is on the Way
Hope thrives best with a strong support system. Surround yourself with people that love you and that are there for you. Allow them to encourage you, and do the same for them. Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Do not lose sight of what is truly important.
The Best Hope of All
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”—1 Peter 1:3
“Never doubt in the dark what you believed in the light.” -Earl Griffith