Hope Against Hope
Hope. It's a simple word, yet it means so very much. But what is hope?
Hope is a feeling or it's an expectation. It's something that you long for. That longing is paired with a sense of excitement and anticipation.
In a way hope is very similar to faith. Having it is important because it is what will get you through the tough times of life. The difficult question is how do you keep it when faced with adversity?
People lose sight of their hope at just the moment when they need to hang onto it the most. When this happens you can really start to spiral into a depression. However, there are some things that you can do to keep your faith strong.
The most important step to discover how to hope against hope is to celebrate your hope each and every day. Every moment that you experience is an opportunity for change and for your luck to turn around. Something wonderful could happen just around the corner. If you keep this at the forefront of your mind you will remember it even in the darkest of times.
Keeping your circumstances in perspective is also very important. Many times when people start to lose hope it is because they let the bleakness of their personal situation overwhelm their outlook. When this starts to happen you need to stop yourself in your tracks and force yourself to take a breath. As you take that break remind yourself that this is just one bump in the road of life.
While it does seem overwhelming right now, you can overcome anything with your hope and faith. In instances like this it helps to look at those who may be less fortunate than you are. When you do that it may help you put your personal situation back into the perspective that it needs to be in.
Hope is also present in the love of those around you. When you hit your darkest times you need support, and your friends and family are there for you. Sometimes you forget that you do have that support network, and other times you may be feeling guilty for needing to lean on them. Remember that your loved ones want to help.
They want to offer their support, and when they are able to it helps to renew their hope that circumstances can change and that they can have a hand in that change.
Hope is not a tangible thing that you can hold in your hand. It is something that you can hold close in your heart. If you remember to celebrate it while you feel it, keep your situation in check, and not be afraid to reach out for help and support, you can trust that your hope will stay strong for years to come.
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