Hope Requires Action

“One small crack does not mean that you are broken; it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” ~Linda Poindexter …

There are times in life when things do not necessarily go the way you had planned. And in these trying times of hiccups, road blocks, detours, and difficulties along the way, we may begin to lose hope. And although this is a normal feeling of being human, it is generally quite an awful feeling that leaves us feeling defeated and hopeless. In reality, however, this is the lowest point we can reach–the point where our thoughts are telling us that we are broken and defeated, and that there is nothing good or bright left in our future no matter what we do. The truth is once we realize that we are “not broken,” that we did not fall apart but rather only experienced a difficulty or setback in our lives, we can begin to move on and to grow.

You see, hope is something in our lives that requires effort on our part. It is the light switch that needs turning on in order to dispel the darkness around us. And by keeping that light on, we keep hope alive within our hearts. We actively see, hear, feel, and sense all the beauty around us. We recognize and focus on the possibility and potential we have around us, and accept that even after the darkest of nights, even if it may dawn to a cloudy day–the sun will shine once again.

You are not broken–you are alive! But knowing this truth is not enough… you must also accept it. You must find peace and comfort in the darkness. You must not lose hope.

Embrace hope today.

Questions to consider:

How do you view hope? Is it just something that is just there, or is it something that we must work to keep and to strengthen?

What are some ways you can strengthen your sense of hope in life?

What are some ways you can help others find, strengthen, and embrace hope in their lives?

For further thought:

“For me, hope without memory is like memory without hope . . . . Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future. Does this mean that our future can be built on a rejection of the past? Surely such a choice is not necessary. The two are not incompatible. The opposite of the past is not the future but the absence of future; the opposite of the future is not the past but the absence of past. The loss of one is equivalent to the sacrifice of the other.” ~Elie Wiesel

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