Hope (even when things go south)

Hope.

Feeling hope is generally easy when all appears to be going well and according to your plan. As we all know, though, real life doesn’t stay on that track indefinitely. Something always happens to disrupt our plan (or, at the very least, the timing). Or, suddenly we are in a crisis.

Now what?

Life is a long series of minute to very large course corrections.

Each change offers the possibility of pain, excitement, acceptance, glory, fear, overwhelm and many other reactions. It can be confusing and highly disorienting. How can we navigate through the outpouring of things we did not expect?

There are many tools available and I believe that one of the most important is hope.

Not the type where you close your eyes, put your head in the sand and hope that it all blows over without you. More like when you know, at some deep level, that there must be some way out of this situation when none is apparent.

Where you plod along, one step at a time, into the unknown, in search of resolution.

Hope can wane when we feel so buried that it’s hard to imagine relief, let alone a brilliant outcome. That’s when we most need to reach deep inside, believe that something good can come to you and keep going. It can be a dark and lonely place.

SOMETIMES, THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO HAVE SOMEONE ELSE HOLD UP THE LIGHT OF POSSIBILITY FOR US UNTIL WE REMEMBER IT FOR OURSELVES. REACH OUT TO THOSE PEOPLE, THAT MUSIC, WHATEVER RECONNECTS YOU TO HOPE.

I have lived through a lot of extremely challenging circumstances and hope was all that was left in some moments. After decades of trudging uphill, each step was rewarded when I finally reached my personal version of the top of Mt. Everest.

So I believe in holding and spreading hope.

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