“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott
Hope is always present, in the dark and in the light. It stands ready to be called upon, even when we feel hopeless.
Hope opens windows and doors, allowing light, fresh air, and entry into other places.
Hope lifts us. Sometimes ever so slightly. Sometimes to great heights.
Hope energizes and empowers us.
Hope helps healing. It may even help us live longer, some studies show. “It will help all live better,” says Dr. Jerome Groopman. “It’s critical that we be absolutely intentional about nurturing hope in our lives, ” says Naomi Drew.
So, let’s feed hope.
Here are a few ways to do that:
Be kind to yourself.|
Take deep breathing breaks.
Curtail the intake of news reports.
Read, watch, and listen to uplifting stories.
Remember times when confusions became clear, troubles were resolved, and good things came in unforeseen ways.
Use positive affirmations.
In all circumstances, let’s be kind to ourselves and one another.
THE FIFTH GIFT IS HOPE: Through each passage and season may you trust the goodness of life. – from The Twelve Gifts of Birth.