Jen is a jewelry designer with a passion for creative writing. Oh, and she's also crazy obsessed with her dog.
When You Have Hope Everything Is Possible
Why Having Hope Matters
Where would you be without hope? I mean, think about it. Could you imagine a world without it? I don't think you would be here right now if you didn't have hope in your life - even if it's the tiniest bit of hope.
Hope is an interesting component to life. I can remember the exact moment that I realized the power behind having hope in your life (which FYI, some people call it faith or trust - in my opinion both are interchangeable with hope.)
I don't know how old I was, but it wasn't that long ago. I was sitting on the front porch, as I always do when a storm is brewing. This day wasn't just any storm, though. The news was flashing 'get in the basement now!' type of messages. Well, I guess growing up in the Midwest that's not an unusual thing to see on the weather radar, but for me this storm was significant.
I remember a very distinct moment of sitting on the porch and thinking, 'I hope this storm is a tornado and takes everything away.' What an awful thought to have, right?! At the time it felt normal. I was over life, I guess. I wanted a fresh start and I thought - wow! Perfect. The tornado will solve everything!
What a stupid thought - but I clearly wasn't in the right frame of mind. Thankfully, there was no tornado or even any damage. It wasn't like I snapped my fingers and said, 'Dang! Maybe next time.' and went on my merry way to hope for the next storm to come.
Honestly, I don't know at what point I realized how absolutely terrible it was that those feelings even crossed my mind, let alone that I truly wanted to just be whisked away to another world.
What I do know is that when I realized how insane that was I had a moment where I literally stood there and prayed that I never felt that way again. I prayed that I would never get to a point where I lost myself so intensely that I couldn't even see what was wrong with the idea of wanting to no longer be present in this world. I guess I never really realized how serious my depression was - or that I was even depressed. It just felt...normal. I wasn't angry or even sad. I was just...done.
The Meaning of Hope
Keeping Hope Alive
Hope. It is so important to keep that four letter word alive in your life. Well, maybe you use 'trust' or 'faith'. Whatever you're choosing to call it, make sure that you strengthen it each and every day. It's amazing how quickly you can let it slip away if you're not constantly counting your blessings and looking towards the future.
Stop getting stuck in the past - it doesn't exist. That world you once had is no longer there. Embrace that you were blessed enough to experience it and know that if things were that good at one point, they can be even better in the future.
Hope. Keep reminding yourself that whatever sets your soul on fire exists for you out there. I promise you, anything is possible.
Once You Choose Hope Anything Is Possible
10 Quotes About Hope
- “If you're reading this...Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.” ― Chad Sugg
- “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ― William Faulkner
- “Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.” ― Markus Zusak
- “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda
- “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” —Desmund Tut
- “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important things is not to stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein
- “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” —Paulo Coelho
- “In a time of destruction, create something.” —Maxine Hong Kingston
- There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for. — J.R.R. Tolkien
- Hope. It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing in the world keeping me afloat. — Tahereh Mafi