A Post About Hope

I wanted to write a post about hope because it’s something we can all use, now more than ever, as we adjust to this new reality we’re in with social distancing. Such uncertain times for all of us as we try to keep ourselves and others safe from this invisible enemy. 

I read recently that hope empowers us. While this is true, hope can be hard to hang onto. Yet hope is the very thing that keeps us moving forward during trying times. Here’s something you might not know about me but I’m hopelessly hopeful. I find it difficult to admit defeat. I hang in there till the bitter even when common sense tells me otherwise because you just never know. But there are times when even I find it difficult to feel hope.

We’ve seen a lot of changes in our world in a very short time. For many of us, hope is what will bring us through the weeks and months ahead. There is no magic formula for hope. You can’t hold it in your hand but we can sometimes find hope in the most unlikely places. Sometimes it’s the little things–a meaningful gesture, the sight of new shoots poking their way out of the ground, a rainbow arching across the sky after the rain, the sound of children’s laughter or acts of kindness that warm our hearts–that can give us a glimmer of hope during dark times.

Earlier today, I went searching for some quotes about hope. Thankfully, there are plenty out there. Below are some that resonated with me and I wanted to share them. While a few quotes about hope won’t make this situation go away, my thought is that it certainly can’t hurt. There will be days ahead when many of us will need a gentle reminder of the hope that is all around us. My hope, my wish for all of you is that we will all work together to keep each other safe. 

  1. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.~~ Saint Francis of Assisi

      2. Hope is outreaching desire with expectancy of good. It is a characteristic of all living beings.

         ~~Edward S. Ame

      3. Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and     never stops at all.~~ Emily Dickinson

      4. If you are going through hell, keep going. ~~Winston Churchill

      5. For every dark night there’s a brighter day. ~~Tupac

      6. Hope is the last thing ever lost. ~~Italian proverb

      7. Hope costs nothing.~~ Colette

       8. 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

       9. Hope itself is like a star – not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. ~~Charles Haddon Spurgeon

       10. The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.~~ Will Durant

 I hope these quotes will give you something to think about as we all try to remain hopeful in the weeks and months ahead. May we all stay safe.

Some Inspirational Quotes for the New Year

I try to stay upbeat as much as I can. I’ll be honest, that’s been a challenge this past while. However, getting down and staying down is not a good place to be. Contrary to what some people around me think, I don’t always succeed at remaining 100% positive all the time. I mean, that’s a ridiculous notion. There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t find themselves in the pit of despair from time to time. S**t happens in everyone’s life from time to time; it’s what we do with it that makes the difference. But please, don’t ever think for a moment that everyone out there does not suffer from time to time. It’s so easy to look at someone else’s life and think they have everything altogether and you don’t.

Personally, I love reading positive quotes from time to time. Other people’s wisdom inspires me even more when I’m feeling positive but and also makes me take a step back when I’m feeling low and survey the situation I might presently be in.

Below are some uplifting quotes to help kick off the New Year.

1. 1.“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” —Mary Pickford

2. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan

3. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

4. “It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

5. “No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” — C. JoyBell

6. “Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” — Jim Rohn

7. “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

8. “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C. S. Lewis

9. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” — Robin Sharma

10. “Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” – Marsha Petrie Sue

11. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein

12. “Realize that if a door closed, it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you.” ― Mandy Hale

13. “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” ― Germany Kent

14. “Sometimes we can only find our true direction when we let the wind of change carry us” ― Mimi Novic

15. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell

16. “Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.– Muhammad Ali

17. The start of something new brings the hope of something great, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. —Author Unknown

18. The bad news is that most people give up; they settle for second best; they don’t start over; they stay stuck. Please don’t allow that to be you.– Doug Fields, Fresh Start

19. “Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.” Jim Rohn

20. Just wishing does nothing for your life, but when you actually commit to taking action to make that wish come true your life takes on new meaning. Catherine Pulsifer, May Is Not Just For Flowers

Hopefully, you will discover some pearls of wisdom that will inspire you or give you a bit of a lift if you’re in need of one at the moment. 2020 is filled with 366 days (that’s right, it’s a leap year) I hope you find the courage and strength to find more positive days than negative. Just never give up (at least not for long.). There’s always sun somewhere behind those clouds.

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