Ripples #1,004: Rekindling Hope!
Aug 20, 2018
Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons do not last. The spring rains will come.
—Sarah Ban Breathnach
shared by Pete in Colorado via Values.com
It’s better to be a hopeful person than a cynical, grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you’re hopeful, you have more fun.
-Barbara Kingsolver, shared by Deb in Madison, WI
I agree with the above quote that says it is generally better to be hopeful than cynical. At the same time, I also know that hope can be harder to maintain. Even us optimistic folks can find ourselves in a pessimistic downward spiral because the more you look for reasons to roll your eyes and sigh, the more reasons you’ll find to do just that.
With a little bit of practice, though, hope is equally addictive. Once we decide to look for signs that things are going to get better, they start popping up all around. These little hopesparks make it easier to spot the more sustainable reasons for steady optimism. Even when my way forward is still steep, I notice that the more I climb, the better the view, and once you get above the fog and clouds, it is so much easier to find the sunshine.
If you’re struggling right now, I encourage you to keep your eyes and ears open for tiny hopeful signs. If you’re doing okay, keep your eyes open for a fellow traveler who is struggling and go a little out of your way to BE the hopespark for someone else. A smile, a nod, a generous gesture…any of these could make all the difference to someone who is at the end of their rope.
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