The idea of hope came up in a conversation today. I spent part of my hour drive home thinking about it.
Hope. noun – the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. verb – to feel that something desired may happen; to believe, desire, or trust.
The comment made to me was “All we can hold onto is hope.” He was right. We are meant to hold onto hope. Isn’t hope the motivator of so many things that we do in our lives? We buy a lottery ticket because we hope we win. We go to the job interview because we are hoping to get the job. We go on dates hoping to find someone we connect with. We take the medicine hoping to get better. Hope is a big part of our existence. It is why we wake up every morning. It is not an empty thought that we hold onto, it drives us to keep trying every day, to keep at it in our lives.
Isn’t it when we give up hope that we give up? How would we fulfill our lives and our destines without hope? What would drive us to go after our desires and our goals?
I have a tattoo on my foot that I read to myself quite often, “Faith is hope on fire”. I got the tattoo when I was having a rough time in life. I got it to remind myself to believe; to have faith, to hope, to trust that the best is coming and that everything will work out. Hope is what drives me to work through tough times. It reminds me that things will get better, that rough times are temporary.
In today’s world troubles can be often. Ups and downs are constant in our lives. Hope, faith, and trust will get you through. We must believe in the power of hope. The power that awakens us each morning.
We all have those days, the days that we just can’t quite feel enough, or maybe you’re just so emotionally or physically drained that you just can’t take anything else on. It’s okay to have these days, it’s natural to have these days…these are signs that we need to take some time to rejuvenate, to refresh our spirits. Take the time and do something that will uplift your spirits.
Read – Immerse yourself into a fantasy. Take a vacation from reality and dream. This can release your mind from the things troubling you. A relaxed mind can handle the challenges you are facing must easier than a tense mind. Here’s a little list of some great Chicken Soup for the Soul Books to help inspire you: Reading List: Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Take a Hot Bath – Allow your body and your mind to relax. Add essential oils to help alleviate your stress.
Aromatherapy – Certain scents have been proving to have positive effects on our moods. Use a fresh, citrus scent to boost your mood.
Write – Let it out, whether you write in story form or into your journal, writing can help you let go of the bad feelings you have inside of you.
Take a Walk or Go for a Run – Exercise releases endorphins which will improve your mood and respond to stress better.
Meditate – Meditation has proven to have several benefits including clearing your mind, calming the body, and overall helping you feel better.
Take a Nap – Sometimes you just need to sleep it off. If I am feeling particularly stressed or sad I find that a nap can be my best medicine. It slows me down and takes me away from the world for bit to work through things.
Spend Time With Friends – Go seek time with your support group, talk it out or just have a good laugh.
Watch a Movie – It may seem silly because it is usually a made up story but sometimes the best inspiration or idea to solve a problem can be found in the most unusual places. Or a good comedy can get you laughing, or a scary movie can make you forget your worries. It’s a great chill activity.
Call Your Mom (or Your Dad… or Grandparents…) – Call a family member, let them remind you that your loved. Let them share their wisdom with you. This can be a safe place to talk or to cry if you need to. I always feel better after chatting with my mom.
Whatever it may be, when you’re having a rough day, find something to make you smile. A smile can give you all the strength you need to keep going.
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That shocking, dark spiraling feeling left me choked the evening I was sat down and told I didn’t have a job anymore. I could feel the tears well up in my eyes. I had plans…these plans had just come crashing down in a single moment, with only ten words my life had taken a whirlwind of a turn.
A part of me just wanted to sit, to wallow in the doubt, the wonder of how I was going to survive this hit. I went home that night, I cried, I drank a glass of wine, I prayed, and I went to bed…
The next morning I awoke with an amazing inner strength, a burst of hope, and a promise of positivity.
My last day at the office was nothing other than pleasant. Though some sadness of leaving, also knowing I would be missed by my co-workers gave me joy to know they cared for me as I had for them.
I had decided that maybe this tough situation wasn’t happening to knock me down but rather to give me the motivation to climb. I knew there were challenges ahead but I also 100% felt sure I was going to overcome them.