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Are you in danger of losing hope?

Posted on March 28 2016

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When a baby is hungry, he cries and expects that he will be fed. He doesn’t cry and wonder if his mother will hear him. The baby doesn’t overthink his actions. He doesn’t think or wonder about how his mother will produce the milk he needs; how long it’ll take to produce that milk and when he will be fed. When a baby is hungry, he cries and expects that he will be fed.

We can learn a lot from children. The way they explore, the way they see things with eyes of wonder and most importantly, the authority with which they hope and have faith that anything is possible. Of course, children become adults, they become us and along the way, adults and life teach them and us to be cautious about hope and faith. We call it being realistic.

We would rather expect that things will go bad than hope that they might turn out well. When a dream doesn’t go as planned, we jump at the opportunity to feed our cynicism about life and say, “ I knew it wouldn’t work”. Don’t get me wrong, this journey is not the easiest. Whether you’re a millionaire or have just one dollar to your name; an employer or employee; married or single, each life path has its own set of challenges and obstacles. Life will take you to the brink and with one tiny miracle, bring you right back. The only way to survive is to remain hope filled.

…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed…

There will be times when you feel like you cannot muster any hope. Try and muster just a tiny bit of hope and then try and muster a lot of hope. Remember that an oak tree starts out as an acorn. Hope is light and darkness cannot exist where there is light. Despair cannot exist where there is hope.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

I think people fear hope. Hope is delicate, powerful and dangerous. It has the ability to make one feel vulnerable and exposed. We are in danger of looking like fools if things don’t work out as planned so we’d rather protect the ego and settle for less than hope for more. What I’ve learned is that your success in life will always come down to what you believe. Life isn’t out to get you. You are here to learn, grow, build, dream and live to the fullest of your ability and potential. Life is here to support you every step of the way.

You don’t always get what you want in life and that is actually okay. In spite of many ups and downs, desires and aspirations, I have never tailored my dreams to my reality. I always tailor my reality to my dreams. I expect that like a baby, when I need something and cry out, the best things in life will always make their way to me. If what I have asked for doesn’t make its way to me, then it’s not the best for me. Along the way, I continue to hope. It costs me nothing but it could give me everything.

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