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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.

Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.

Laini Taylor

Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.

Lemony Snicket

Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.

  Roy T. Bennett

When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.

Pittacus Lore

There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. 

 Dalai Lama XIV

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

Tom Bodett

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.

Barbara Kingsolver

Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars.

Cecelia Ahern

Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies

Stephen King

This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.

Rumi

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

G.K. Chesterton

Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.

Albert Camus

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

Thomas Merton

If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.

Dr Roopleen

We need hope, or else we cannot endure

Sarah J. Maas

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.

Steve Maraboli

It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.

Nicholas Sparks

Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.

Jennifer Elisabeth

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

J.K. Rowling

25 Quotes on Hope And Why It’s Important

Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity

C.H. Spurgeon

It’s probably my job to tell you life isn’t fair, but I figure you already know that. So instead, I’ll tell you that hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.

C.J. Redwine

But hoping is how the impossible can be possible after all.

Marissa Meyer

Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.

Rumi

Final thoughts

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.

Love Elle

xox

Elle Sommer
Elle is the creator of Live Purposefully Now, a website with a wide variety of authors and topics whose focus is on helping you to change/re-direct and navigate your life. She is a self-confessed spiritual junkie, offering a deeper more holistic approach to life. This deeper approach sets you on a simple path towards your greatest future, helps you remove those limiting beliefs that hold us all back and supports you in achieving your dreams.

6 Comments

  1. These are wonderful quotes, Elle. The Ted Talk is great as well. People need a sense of hope right now, more than ever, but these quotes are timeless. I will definitely be back to read these again.

  2. “It’s a feeling of positivity where I see the potential for a good future.” What a great way to describe what hope is!

    I enjoyed the story about how you have radiated hope and made a difference! Inspiring!

    • Hi Evelyn, glad you enjoyed the article. Isn’t it a wonderful thing that we can all radiate hope out to others and even to our world.

  3. I like the J.K. Rowling quote about rock bottom is a solid foundation upon which to build. That sure was my experience.

    Thank you for sharing your experience of sharing your hope with the other woman who’s husband also had cancer. Emotions – both positive and negative – are contagious. so, if we are going to spread something, why not spread hope? 🙂

    • Wow Debbie – how awesome that you built your life again from rock bottom. That takes a lot of courage dear one. I totally agree that since we’re always radiating something, why not let it be hope. Heaven knows we certainly need it these days.

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