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Have you ever been in a situation where hope kept you afloat? I know I have. Where true hope, not only lifted me up, but lifted others too.
It was years and years ago when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. They never actually said in so many words how serious it was, but I knew. Nevertheless, I was so full of hope that the hospital staff asked me to sit in on their cancer group.
They thought my positive attitude might be of help to others. So hope and I joined them.
And one day, whilst visiting my husband, a woman sought me out. Her husband had the same type of cancer as mine and she told me that hearing my perspective on hope had such an influence on him that this was the day he was being discharged.
She never thought she’d see this day arrive, since he had been sinking lower and lower into depression, and fading away before her very eyes.
I have no idea to this day what words I actually spoke, but I knew that I had immersed myself in hope, because the alternative was too awful to contemplate. And I was happy that somehow I had radiated that hope into another human being who took it up and ran with it towards his healthier future.
What is hope
A dictionary definition would be ‘a feeling of expectation and a desire for certain things to happen’.
For me it’s a feeling of positivity where I see the potential for a good future.
I see it as part of being human. Where we find the motivation to keep on keeping on. To keep on smiling, loving and living, despite the fear or pain of loss and sense of despair that we all probably endure on our life journey.
Even when our present comes littered with negative experiences that doesn’t mean the future will continue to be as difficult or scary.
It’s the feelings of hope that helped me resume living after more than one devastating loss in life. And it can help you to create a mind-set that helps you face your current challenges and allows you to emotionally and physically move on.
Why is it important
Having hope doesn’t mean everything that hurts or is scary instantly disappears. It means being open to feeling your fear or any other painful emotion. It means admitting that you have no idea what the next step will be like, but you are going to stop assuming the worst. Because living with a life without hope is a surefire path to getting physically ill, while the pain festers within.
Feeling hopeful guards against falling into the trap that present problems equal problems in your future.
It keeps us going even on those days when it seems as though we’ll never bounce back.
I found hope to be my life jacket, keeping me afloat when it felt as though I would drown in fear. Even in those moments when my best coping mechanism seemed to be the desire to run away.
Hope matters because it’s more than surviving the current storm, it’s doing something to get out of it. It’s an energy motivating us to move towards the better times that hopefully lie ahead.
It matters because without it we can’t spread our wings, and without spreading our wings we can’t fly.
So allow the life giving energy of hope to uplift your spirits and shine a light to guide you through life’s twists and turns and here’s 25 quotes on hope to get you through dark and difficult days.
25 Quotes on Hope And Why It’s Important
Here’s a Tedtalk on dreams that have died and how hope lives on. I think you’ll love it – it got a standing ovation.
Encourage one another.