#4 of an Inspirational Series
Updated April 16, 2020, August 24, 2020
HOPE – a four-letter word that’s as powerful as a knockout punch from Muhamed Ali. But, hope is also tender enough to anchor your soul.
“Never lose hope. Everything will work out.” How often have you heard these words?
But they are so true. Hope wraps you in a tender embrace when you are trapped in the harsh storms of life.
Maybe you have just been diagnosed with an incurable illness, or you’ve just lost your job or your life partner has passed away.
Whatever your personal challenge may be, it is hope that jumps to your rescue.
Because it gives you the courage to go on. It prevents you from quitting.
Ever wondered what life would be like if there was no such thing as hope?
It would be a void where nothing would flourish at all.
The Cambridge English Dictionary definition of hope is:
1. to want something to happen or to be true, and usually, have a good reason to think that it might
2. something good that you want to happen in ...
Symbols of Hope
Everyone knows that a red rose is a symbol of love. But did you know that there are also symbols of hope?
The swallow is a common symbol of hope. Mainly, because it is the first bird to appear at the end of winter and before the spring. So, the swallow is synonymous with the hope of a new beginning.
The Hope Theory
Much research has been done on hope and how it can be harnessed to drive success.
Rick Snyder is the founder of The Hope Theory. Check out this life-changing video on how you can use it to improve your life:
The Benefits of Hope
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Hope births other values that merge to help you when dealing with difficulties in life.
When faced with a crisis, hope inspires and evokes courage, determination, and perseverance so you can cope.
It compels you to fight on and not give up no matter how difficult the battle.
How to be Hopeful in Bleak Times
1. Seek solace in the belief that everything happens for a reason.
2. Accept that the difficulty is momentary.
3. Know that you are not the only one facing a challenge that you think will destroy you.
4. Distract yourself with a new hobby like flying a kite or hiking.
5. Start a calming self-care routine of meditation and yoga to help you deal with crises better.
“Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances we know to be desperate.“
-G K Chesterton
Here are a few ways that hope adds to the quality of your life:
- Builds coping skills
- Develops patience
- Promotes positivity
So, there you have all the reasons to be more hopeful in life and how to tap into it to realize all your goals.
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