Friday, June 27, 2008
"Hope is like a bonfire that has burned a long time: you feel the heat, you see embers fly into the air knowing there is life under the ashes, and you hear the popping of life trying to form again. Stir up the ashes, place new wood on the ashes, and see that hope has been there all the time."
Jeff Johnson March 2008
The saying, "the sky is the limit," or "you are only limited by your dreams,"Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope implies a certain amount of perseverance — i.e., believing that a positive outcome is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary."
Hope can be passive in the sense of a wish or a prayer - or active as a plan or idea, often against popular belief, and to many times against personal belief. We need hope to sustain ourselves or raise ourselves to a new level in our life. One thing is certain--we need hope to live. We need to think positive about circumstances more than negative. We need to search for good outcomes versus bad--look up more than down and seek others to surround us who do the same.
So how do we get hope when things are hopeless, when we are feeling low or worthless? Look at models, people or things that own successes you are looking for in life, in business, or most importantly in areas of sickness and healing. Find examples of how failure ( I am not comfortable with the word failure--I like to call everything we do as steps for someones benefit to either follow or avoid) in someones life has that resulted in a huge turnaround of their life--then copy some or all of the steps to find your success. Looking at someones success in an area of similar concern brings hope. I call this the HOPE MODEL. We all have them, areas where we have needed to change and then did it. Many times we just needed to put a new log on the fire or stir old embers to see the glow of light--just enough to start our fire again--just one spark.
Where ever you are in life, whatever is going on in your life that needs change or healing there is hope for you today. Today is a day of choice--we can choose to allow life's actions to lead us down a path that we do not like or we can choose to take persistent, personal action to execute a plan to prove the idea that there is HOPE for CHANGE based on a HOPE MODEL.
Find someones light today, a path already created for you by someone else and light your path with it--spark your journey to success. Search for new positive meaning and start learning how to adapt it. Share all of your successes so others can follow--SHARE SOME HOPE WITH SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT TODAY. Then, pick some up for yourself along the way. Everyone has a time to give or receive--do one or both of them today and help someone get their life back--maybe yours.
You are a forward stepper.
I believe in you because YOU ARE WORTH IT,