Principle #7 – Choose to Be Unstoppable: Find a Reason to Hope

Is there hope in a chaotic world? Like me, you may be wondering how to find hope during these stressful times. It can be done through love and gratefulness for what is going right in our world. It’s easy to get stuck in the chaos…we just need to look at the small stuff.

Just when we thought things were looking up…we are faced with unbearable loss and chaos. How do we find hope when our country faces hardship: COVID cases rising, parents arguing over mask mandates as our children are starting another school year, ending a twenty-year war, and Hurricane Ida? We take it one day at a time…that’s how.

“Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.” – Barbara Kingsolver

I admit that I got stuck in the dark…again…when the COVID cases started rising again. My judgments about people not getting vaccinated and wearing masks began taking over. This is nothing new…we’ve all been here before. We are being pulled apart by our beliefs surrounding the global pandemic. Isn’t taking care of each other our goal, especially our most vulnerable…our children, and immunocompromised citizens? Our saving grace is our vaccines work; even with breakthrough cases, most won’t wind up in the hospital. Hope among chaos! One day at a time…

Hurricane Ida hit our gulf coast this past week. The devastation is unimaginable. As sad as natural disasters are, our fellow Americans always step up to help. Please donate to the  American Red Cross: Hurricane Ida Relief Fund if you are able. Together, we can do so much. Hope among chaos! One day at a time…

“There is no reward equal to that of doing the most good to the most people in the most need.”
– Evangeline Booth

The United States just ended a “forever war” in Afghanistan. We lost many lives and spent a lot of money on a war with no clear goal. Our military evacuated over 100,000 American citizens, allies, and Afghan citizens. It was a messy ending, but many Afghans will start a new life of freedom in the United States and other free countries. Hope among chaos! One day at a time…

I found this article in Psychology Today about a doctor’s journey of finding hope among his patients’ suffering. It reminded me of how fragile life is. Everyone has a stressful load to carry, but there is hope when we remember what is important.

There are always two ways to look at a stressful situation, in a positive light or a negative one. While we may not have control over the chaos, we can control how we react to it. When we look at the good in each situation and appreciate what is going right, it can bring us hope. Appreciate what is in front of you…your family and friends. And take pleasure in the small stuff. Remember today will be tomorrow…and the struggles of today will be in the past.

“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” – Maya Angelou

Take time for yourself. Time to reflect and heal the worries. Meditate, go for a walk, or take a bath. We all need time to get away and decompress. Let’s tackle these difficult times with love and patience. Have faith in the process. Time has a way of moving past the chaos because, in the end, it always works out!

Freedom is possible!


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