Ingredients to Create a Blissful Life #2: Hope

How did you make out with our first ingredient, Create? Would love to hear if you’re implementing and what you’re doing to play with these words.

This week, your ingredient is: Hope

In my world, things sometimes go off course. I’m relatively certain that happens to everyone from time to time… What helps me keep going when things are tough is knowing that things can always change and the hope that they will get better.

To be perfectly frank, I just don’t understand hopelessness. Why anyone would choose to live in that space defies all reason to me. (If you ever find yourself stuck in that space, there are people and programs that can help you turn that around if you choose to.)

I listen to people when they’re talking. A LOT. (You know that saying “You have 2 ears and 1 mouth, use them proportionately.”?) I always wonder when I hear someone talking about their circumstances and they believe nothing can change – What happened that caused them to lose hope? Then I remember that hope, like happiness, a positive attitude, really like anything else, is a choice. Believe me when I say that I understand hard times. I’ve lived through many, we all have. Maybe that’s part of what helps me keep hoping. I know that everything ALWAYS works out. It may be hard, it may not be what you thought you wanted, and sometimes it may hurt like hell, but it ALWAYS works out.

So what would it take for you to choose hope? What could change in your world if you knew, not believed or thought, but really knew that whatever challenge you’re facing must come to an end? That whatever hurt you’re feeling will lessen? That regardless of what happens, everything will go on? The world continues to turn no matter what. This was something I always knew, but I remember being surprised driving by a man mowing his lawn the day after we lost my sister. Life goes on and change is one of the few guarantees we have.

And when you need help, all you need to do is reach out and ask for it. How much easier is it to get through things when we have people who believe we will? People that can help us and maybe most important, people who won’t let us stay stuck in our story? Maybe hope is a muscle we develop. It gets stronger every time we use it.

So here’s your question to ponder and play. Hope for and believe that you can create an amazing life, or be stuck in a world of hopelessness? You know where I spend my time… What do you choose?

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