The other day it struck me how important hope is. One of my friends said something to the effect that I guess we’d better just accept the fact that Trump is going to be president, as awful as it is.
While it is true that no one knows what the outcome of the elections will be – and whatever the results are, we will have to accept them – we haven’t even gotten through the primaries yet! We only have to accept Trump as one of the nominees. I was shocked by my friend’s prematurely pessimistic attitude. It is, perhaps, more a reflection of whom she’s listening to than of anything based in fact.
But, the elections are just one issue. Hope is valuable in many areas of our lives. Hope fuels faith, and faith can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Hope provides fuel and energy for long emotional battles. Hope provides joy amidst seemingly insurmountable obstacles – and every giant obstacle seems insurmountable until it’s been surmounted! Hope is not some desperate attempt to believe something that isn’t true. Hope is based on confidence in one’s self, confidence in the power of good people working together in unity to effect change, and confidence in the notion that circumstances respond to our thoughts and actions, especially when fueled by powerful emotions.
So, whatever you’re experiencing in your life right now, look for the light of hope that wants to peek through the dark shadows of negativity and doubt. Hope is just as realistic as despair. Whichever emotion you feed and pay attention to will get stronger. Remember all the obstacles you overcame in the past. Remember the people around you who would be eager to help if they knew you needed it. Remember that we live in a world of karmic justice. Keep sowing those good seeds and be patient for the harvest.
Peace and love,