We are all in a season of adversity. Daily news reports of tragedies fly at us. And day after day we are faced with a very limited life. But we can choose to remain strong. But what doe this mean?
Being strong like so many other things, is a choice. It is an attitude. Being strong is keeping on keeping on, making a daily structure, pursuing goals and embracing the change that this ‘new normal’ has brought to us. Being strong is having a strong perspective. And it isn’t easy.
I had some really disappointing news yesterday. And I don’t feel strong. I don’t feel any of the things I am writing about. I don’t feel very hopeful today, but I don’t want to be a hypocrite and pretend that I don’t have my struggles too. However, I choose to battle on. Yesterday I went for a beautiful walk and looked at the sea. I allowed myself to feel sad, but I am not giving up hope. I looked at the beautiful blossom tree that I pass on my way to the sea and drank in the loveliness.
Hope for me today is present, sitting next to me and saying ‘I understand, we are in this together’. I am managing my expectations of life, because sometimes no matter how hard we try, it doesn’t work out the way we would have hoped.
So today’s recipe of hope is to read this poem and if things are not going so well, please don’t quit. I am battling on, I will continue to write my daily hope blog and I will find Hope in the midst of disappointment.