Life is HARD… Let me say that again, Life is H-A-R-D! When we are children, life is littered with toys, cartoons, sweetness, dreams and fun. As we get older, we began to see that bad things can happen to us and not everyone is nice and looking out for our best interest. We have to struggle to maintain our identities, our health, our relationships, our physical fitness…to be honest, we have to work hard at just about everything as the years go on. Ok, so this post is starting to sound bleak, but this is not about the scary parts of life, but more of how to get through them. I think HOPE may be the answer.
I recently came across this quote by Rob Bell.
Ultimately our gift to the world around us is hope. Not blind hope that pretends everything is fine and refuses to acknowledge how things are. But the kind of hope that comes from staring pain and suffering right in the eyes and refusing to believe that this is all there is. It is what we all need…HOPE that comes not from going around suffering but from going through it.
Wow! The last line kind of blew me away. “HOPE that comes not from going around suffering but from going through it.” We tend to want to avoid the bad and that’s okay, when we’re talking about running out into traffic or driving without a seat belt. But often times we just need to face what’s ahead with hope.
Dictionary.com defines Hope as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” Brene Brown said, “Hope happens when we can set goals, have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue those goals, and believe in our own abilities to act.”
As kids we are full of hope. We truly believe anything is possible. But, we lose that belief at some point in adulthood. What if we could take off our adult blinders and sprinkle hope throughout our day, our months, our lives? What if we believed in our own abilities and what we wanted would turn out for the best? Wouldn’t life be a lot easier? I think so. I hope so!
Take some time this week to journal or meditate on the following questions to help you bring hope back into your life:
- What did I hope for as a child? What do I hope for now?
- What am I struggling with?
- How can hope help me push through my struggles instead of avoiding them?
- What can my life look like after this (the struggle) is over?
- What activities bring me joy, which can ignite hope?
Take time to reflect after you complete this activity. My hope is you’ll find the way to add those “sprinkles” back into your life!