Is Hope a Choice?
On my writing desk is a quote from Maya Angelou that I keep visible. It says…
” Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay.”
Yes, hope is a choice. Invite it into your life. Even when the economy is frightening and we are job searching with no successes, choose hope. Even when the doctor gives you scary information, hope is still an option. When we let fear take over it paralyzes us. Fear leads to inaction. Inactivity feeds fear.
Simple Steps for Finding Hope
Lucky for us, hope is as contagious as the common cold. We can catch it from hopeful people. So hanging out with hopeful, optimistic people is the first order of business. We all have people we know who lift our spirits. Call them, email them, ask them to lunch.
Put your pessimistic friends on a back burner for just a while until your hope returns.
Get moving. Activity builds hope and extinguishes fear. Do something.
Read positive uplifting books. Try and own them so you can use a highlighter. Re-read the highlighted sections whenever you feel your hope start to slip.
Listen to an uplifting CD. I have favorite speakers on CDs who make me feel as though I can accomplish anything. Sure, it takes work on my part. But hope helps me make a choice to move forward…to go to work.
Help someone else. However desperate your situation, you have skills or words that can help someone else. Giving our time and talents to others rekindles the hope in us.
You think you have nothing to give? Just listen. In this day of technology overload, people are desperate for eye contact and a pair of listening ears.
Listen to upbeat music. Sing along. Get into it.
Plan something you’ve never done before. Be spontaneous.
Hope is a choice. Invite it into your life daily. Reject fear. Beat it with a stick if you have to. When you are feeling hopeful again, sneeze on pessimistic people and pass it on.
Great encouraging words on hope. We need to work at it sometimes, huh?
In 2011 my college age daughter was very sick; she had to stay home a semester and my hope was stretched thin.
I found hope in these words from the New Testament:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
I was certainly hard pressed, perplexed, and struck down, but I was never crushed, in despair or destroyed! Something to be grateful for.
P.S. My daughter is feeling better and plans to return to college in a few weeks.:)
Great words of wisdom from the perfect source.
I found your blog through the library writing group. Looks great! I enjoy your writing and positive energy.