“Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.” (Abraham Cowley)
Oh that it was that easy – just put hope in the bottle and take it once a day!
Okay, so if we were going to create our own hope potion what would it be made of? Before we figure that out maybe we need to remind ourselves what the opposite of hope is – despair! Despair is just not an option. We cannot afford to give in to despair. This illness is bad enough sometimes but we can choose hope.
HOPE IS A CHOICE. Hope is a decision. Hope is all we have to cling to when things are really bad. Hope is absolutely essential for surviving all of life; not just depression.
If you choose to take some of the getaway challenges that I present, for instance, the laughter challenge, the journaling challenge, the crying challenge and now the hope challenge, you will find your hope reserves getting fuller!
That is what we will put into our bottle of hope medicine: laughter, tears, journaling and much much more!
If you are having trouble clinging to any hope at all, then cling to this: you are reading this right now. Therefore you have not given up. If you have not given up, then you have HOPE. We can only lose hope if we give up. Hope is not something tangible that we can lose. It is illusive, but we can choose to have some.
What about you? Is your hope just a fleeting thought or do you have some concrete reason to have hope today? Tomorrow I am going to talk about concrete hope.
I am so glad you dropped by today. Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…
live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.
Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!