‘Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.’
When someone mentions the word ‘hope’, what comes to mind? Does it remind you of your childhood and the hope of receiving a specific present at Christmas? Or does it remind you of different traumatic circumstances where you hoped for a different outcome?
Although it can be great to hope for specific objects or rewards, I believe that hope is much more profound.
Often within tragedy, we find a connection to hope. We hope for a different or a better outcome. A transformation of a disappointing situation into something positive. We long for renewal or purpose, so we go searching. This is where we start to look for hope.
One place that it is often found is within religion. For example, Christians find their hope in Jesus and the prospect of living in heaven for eternity. This hope provides Christians with a purpose and a reason for their life. This is the same case for many other religions.
However, as society continues to become more secularised, and we continue to witness tragedies around the world, will we lose a sense of hope?
The recent natural disasters in Australia has demonstrated that hope can still be found within society, and it is found through people. Whether it be random acts of kindness or generosity, acts which veer away from common expectations can provide immense hope to those in need. Sporting stars have made commitments to donate, celebrities have set up charities to ensure money goes directly to the cause and communities have bonded together throughout the crisis. This is why there is still hope, and that is why I love hope.
Furthermore, hope has been found to support mental strength, help control your emotions and boost your immune system. It also is directly linked to motivation and thus increases productivity and efficiency in all areas of your life.
Too often, we find ourselves stuck in the present or lamenting the past. This feeling can be detrimental and lead to poor mental health. As I said, we become stuck, unable to break free from what was holding us back and entering a cycle of hopelessness.
However, embodying hope allows us to look into the future, to be excited about what is to come and enjoy each moment. It doesn’t mean that everything will be easy, but it makes sure the journey is fulfilled.
There is always hope. Let’s ensure that this message is projected around the world so that everyone knows that they are not alone. For when we lose hope, we lose everything.
Article 8 of the ‘Why I Love…’ Series – https://thelevinelowdown.com/why-i-love/
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