Reclaiming hope when it seems lost can be a difficult part of our journey. When things are uncertain, it can be hard to trust things are going to work out.
All things change; our health, our relationships, our environments. And when things get tough, we are reminded to have hope and to believe, which is essentially an expectation in the face of chaos and uncertainty that everything is somehow going to magically work itself out.
Hope can be a dirty four letter word when we feel ourselves slipping into these times of despair. It can seem more like a foreign language than a beacon on the horizon.
So what do you do when you feel that glimmer of light fade out when it comes to impossible relationships, health concerns or career paths? It can be a bitch, there’s no two ways about it. Sometimes you can’t wrap your fingers around even a fraction of something to believe in nevermind how to make sense of the path going forward.
So, look at the path behind. You have come a LONG way. It’s been a hell of a road. If you’ve come this far, and there’s still a lot more to come. There have been times in the past when you thought things were ending, and the path went on. This time will be no different, even if you can’t see the road right now.
Side step the big things that are causing you to freak out. If it’s people, take a step back. If it’s putting pressure on yourself, ease up. Easier said than done, but we put so much extra weight on ourselves every day to get it “perfect” and keep trying to hack away at what it keeping us stuck, that it’s no wonder we feel lost and hopeless at times. Taking some time and space away from things can help to shift the way we look at them and give us some much-needed breathing room.
If you feel the need to connect, find someone who you can trust that will lend you an ear. Sometimes all we need is to share how we are feeling to gain a new perspective on it and see things in a new light. So reach out and connect, we live in a virtual world now so an ear can be anywhere on Earth.
And know you’re not alone. There are literally millions and millions of people who question their world each and every day. Sometimes it can help to know we’re not in this by ourselves even if most of the time it seems that way.
If all else fails, give it up. Sometimes the strongest thing we can do is throw our arms up in the air and say “I’m done. I don’t know the path ahead and that’s fine for right now.” The path ahead will eventually become clear, but fixating on it will drive you bonkers and have you spinning your wheels. This will pass. This will eventually be the past and you will be standing in fresh waters. The skies will clear and things will look brighter. For now I’m just going to tie a knot in it and hold on.
This chapter in the book of your life may be filled with shadows and chaos but your story isn’t over yet, there is still so much more unfolding and there is a chance for everything to turn around. Miracles are born from the darkness of the unseen, so you may be walking through the storm right towards a game changer.
I’m not asking you to believe, just to turn the page. And may the next chapter be better and brighter than the last.