“Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within oneself the gift of miracles.” ~ Samuel Smiles …
Hope empowers us with all that is necessary to succeed in all our labors, and in every endeavor, we face in life. The decision to embrace hope is a choice to begin the necessary journey that lies ahead, and to do so in a way that recognizes our full potential in life. How often do we stop to really think about all that we could accomplish if we would simply believe in ourselves and then take that first step?
We hold within ourselves the gift of miracles: the capacity to heal ourselves spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally, the ability to improve our lot in life, the power to do the things we wish to do and to see the things we wish to see. Yet so much of this power is dependent upon maintaining hope within, for without it, we are practically choosing not to experience success.
At times in our lives we will be faced with difficulties and hardships and it may become easy to let our hope falter. But doing so can have dangerous and lasting effects on us as it can lead us into a perpetual cycle of hopelessness and leave us stuck in a rut of failure and gloom. If we ever find ourselves in such a spot, we can always look to positive outside influences such as our spouse, our parents, our close friends, and God.
Even when we do not feel it… hope is there. It is the part of us that sees possibility and potential as reality; the element of our spirit that we keep alive in order to keep our faith and our drive strong. It is what we share with others as encouragement and teaching; it is the belief in a better future that keeps us working to provide a nurturing present. Hope is the mother of success because we can succeed only where the spark of hope ignites the flame of success.
We must nurture, feed, and allow hope to grow if we wish to have its positive effects in our lives. It is not something that will simply happen–we must accept it and let it guide us on our journey and in all our efforts. When we do so, we will discover what it means to have the gift of miracles.
Keep hope alive in your heart.
Questions to consider:
What do you think Samuel means when he says we can have within us “the gift of miracles?” Do you feel you have this gift?
Think of a recent time you lost hope. What caused this?
Is it easy to hope strongly? What might we do to help make it easier for us?
For further thought:
“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” ~ C.S. Lewis