Tuesday, March 7, 2017
The Value Of Hope And Faith In Meeting Life's Challenges
See beyond what you see. That is where Hope is. Unknown
Life is a mixture of things turning out just the way we want, and times when nothing turns out right. Either way, there are no guarantees. We explore, investigate, gather facts, plan and make decisions. It's part of life. But there are times when no matter what we do, a situation is iffy, and we can't be sure of what tomorrow will bring. But then we never can be sure of tomorrow. Life has a way of surprising us, good or bad.
We all know how to enjoy the good times. But those tough times can put us to the test...Row your boat or go down with it. And we respond the best we can. Most of the time when those tough situations arise, we can see a way out. And we resolve them. But some are overwhelming, and we can feel helpless and trapped. Each of us has the inner tools we need to get up when we're knocked down. But in painful situations, we may forget how strong and powerful we are.
One of our greatest gifts is our will to life. Not only to be alive and exist, but to have a life, to grow, thrive, and be all we're meant to be. But that truth is hard to find when you're on the bottom, treading water, afraid you'll drown. And you want to just give up. Pretty desperate. But there are many people who know this place well. Maybe you've been there. Or maybe you're there now.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness. Desmond Tutu
It's my belief that all living things have this will to life instilled in them, and will fight for life as long as they can. Last month I sat on my front porch looking at my beloved azalea bush with its dead branches and wilted leaves. After 30 years of gorgeous crimsom blossoms, I was told it was dying, and I watched it giving up. It's dear to my heart, and I cried for its loss as I would for a human. But then...then...just recently I saw a few little blossoms burst forth...and more blossoms...and more. Most of the branches are gone, but its heart is fighting to survive with whatever strength is left. It reminded me of our human struggles. And my own heart jumped with HOPE. Now I'll take pictures of it to a gardan shop and see if I can save it. And if I can't save it, I'll honor its gallant memory and the message it gave to me.
Hope is the ability to hear the melody of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it today. Unknown
What do you do when faced with a dilemma? At first you may be tempted to look outside of yourself for answers, but your first response should be to go within and examine your feelings. If you're already falling apart inside, your mind will not think clearly. If you find any worry, fears, uncertainty, etc, step back, take a deep breath, and claim your innate resources of strength and power with a strong capacity for Faith and Hope so you can move forward.
Even an easy challenge requires understanding and a wise approach to maintain a position of confidence and positive direction. So now look outside of yourself. Clarify your problem and define the outcome you want to achieve. What resources will you need, and what's already available to you? Is there enough money, contacts to help you, useful tools? Are there people or groups in your life that can give you the understanding, compassion, and support you need? And what will you need to create?
Your Faith will give you the strength you need, and Hope will guide you as you move along with your plan to scale another hurdle. This is part of life, and you have a life to live. Make it a happy one.
I wish you Hope and Faith on your journey.