Into the light
We all have moments when we lose faith in ourselves, in others and in life. A temporary state of being short on optimism, energy, motivation and confidence.
A loss of faith translates into a loss of hope.
When there is no hope, you give up and stop trying.
Maybe you don't believe:
Sometimes a long period of darkness is triggered by a personal tragedy: a diagnosis of an illness, a situational depression or a string of bad luck and misfortune that darkens our horizon.
But, hope can return. How do you "turn on" and move towards the light?
Your effort is what moves you towards hope and light.
Please share how you find the light at the end of the tunnel? Your stories will inspire and support those who feel in the dark.
Into the light,
11/2/2014 04:44:41 am
When I feel despair or negativity I immediately go to feeling grateful.
11/2/2014 04:51:23 am
Yes yes Carole, you are so right. It is very true that gratitude goes a very long way to seeing one's way out of the dark. Thank you for bringing this up. When I learned to be truly grateful and not just give lip service to this idea, my life changed for the better.
11/2/2014 01:52:18 pm
What helps me thru the dark times is knowing that they never last forever. Knowing that the dark times have always passed in the past, makes it easier for me to get thru them. Also, trying not to feel that I've been personally targeted, and that these things SHOULDN'T happen to me, but accepting that they dan happen, even if I've been a good girl.
11/2/2014 11:31:55 pm
It's true, knowing that "this too will pass" makes it easier. Good point. It is hard not to take things personally but as you say, things happen! Thanks Miriam
13/2/2014 06:00:44 pm
I liked your ladder of potential responses.
17/2/2014 04:46:16 am
Many mental, emotional, social, environmental, spiritual and physical factors influence our level of energy. The lower our energy, the higher the degree of hopelessness and helplessness people feel. So in those low energy times, finding even small ways to enhance one's energy is a step forward.
16/2/2014 04:06:40 pm
I love the connection you made between a loss of faith and a loss of hope. I believe you're right. The times I've lost faith in myself, another person, or a whole system, especially when it comes to making lasting and meaningful changes have led to some of my darkest moments. As to how I got through them, sometimes I have just taken control of anything, no matter how trivial seeming. Like, getting a new hairstyle or colour, or giving myself teeny goals to accomplish like getting a smile out of a particularly grumpy person. Always feel the hope returning when I regain faith in myself even if the changes I affect are miniscule. And it makes me laugh at myself which is always healing. Man, we take ourselves too seriously at times.
17/2/2014 04:51:45 am
In an article on Hope, by C.R.Snyder, he makes quite a few suggestions on how to enhance hope. He agrees with you - that just adding one to a few goals (teeny ones) can make a difference. And, like you says: "learn to laugh at yourself, and enjoy a good laugh with your friends"
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