Hope Requires Long Term Faith

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“In every CHOICE that we choose, There’s always a RISK; But always remember that there’s also a chance”    Kent Solatorio Lopez

“Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason.”    C.G. Jung

“In accepting that suffering is a part of your daily existence, you could begin by examining the factors that normally give rise of feelings of discontent and mental unhappiness.”    Dalai Lama Xiv

“We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity.”    Dalai Lama Xiv

Most people who face disappointments in varying degrees, continue to endorse their hope, until they are fed up waiting, and believe they deserve answers. The trouble with hope is we all want our solutions immediately, and without pain or frustration. Perhaps hope should be placed in a pill bottle. It might state clearly, we will find our rainbow, but only after the storm or storms.

If we lose confidence, which is so easy to do, considering the obstacles we must overcome, we give up the search of finding what we need or desire. Maintaining our hope takes all the strength we can muster. On certain days we hold our heads high, and we tolerate the uncertainty of our lives. We have faith in overcoming adversity, and work hard to make progress towards that goal. On other days we fall to pieces, or lament our predicament. It is possible for us, to be overcome with doubt and fear.We all know which days fit into which category, and we have likely all experienced both kinds of days. I question  why it is we can sail through some days, and be dead in our tracks on other days. I think it has to do with the strength, and depth of our expectation. Our anticipation may have to be of a long term nature. It might be so far into the future, that we despair, long before it finally comes to fruition.

Most people admit, they are optimistic at the beginning, of any given difficult situation. Keeping that hope burning long term, is not as simple nor as easy. We face tremendous difficulties, too numerous to count, and too varied. No matter who or what the reason is, we experience a crushing feeling. It is our concern, and it makes no difference what others think or believe. We simply have our own prisons, which envelope us, and keep us locked from happiness.

Sometimes there are answers we don’t like, or understand. Sometimes we just have to wait awhile, before hearing good news. How long we wait and suffer, depends on situations that are out of our control. Many times wishes might have to include, how we judge a situation, learn to adjust to it, and then fix it in a way we can deal with it. I know in my heart, that is so much easier said than done.

The loss of those we love, through death, divorce or physical mental or emotional separation, is deeply cutting. Death is devastating, and difficult to heal from if one ever can. The rest can be wounding, but without hope, there may not be the chance to defeat the adversity, and move ourselves forward. I think in those situations, we can find alternatives to our yearned for answers. Being open  to alternative solutions, allows us to observe another picture of the world, that we hadn’t really noticed.

Many young individuals searching for love, become discouraged or demolished, when their supposedly true love deserts them. They can’t see a future without this other person. The reality is, they haven’t yet tried. It may take a lot of time and effort, but new beginnings surface, that may  not have ever seemed possible. Of course one must keep their  eyes and their hearts, opened.  if instead a despondent person stays home, and secludes themselves from the world, then only loneliness fills their hearts and overtakes them with despair.

Sometimes one just needs to get out into the world, look around, become involved, and let things happen. If we are confused about choices, it might be best to use our intuition, along with our hearts, and see what occurs. Many times our hope will guide us in the right direction. By being open to many answers, we are privy to a myriad of outcomes. The solutions may not be of the nature we planned, but with reflection we realize they are results that bring us contentment.

If we are open to many conclusions, we will be less disheartened with results. Our hope will be expanded, and answers will seem to fall around us. Hope doesn’t always give us what we specifically asked for, but it answers us and gives us inspiration to want to continue our journeys. It gives us the strength and courage to believe, we have purpose and meaning. The world needs us in it, even if we don’t see that picture yet.

Most of us lose our faith, because others have hurt us in one way or another, or life itself has wounded us. Hope gives us the will to get over the obstruction, or if not over it or around it, then through it. Our hope is only latent, when we sit and begin thinking we have none. We have ourselves, our love, our mind and body and spirit. We are more than our mind and body and emotions. We have souls which can overcome adversities. We have so much more power and strength, than we can imagine.

Don’t give up your life or your goals when struck down. there is hope of a better day. In our fast paced lives we are used to quick answers, and solutions to any problem. We get instant satisfaction for health, finances, work, pleasure and any material object. Our emotional lives are more complicated. Tending to heartaches of any kind, are not easily or sometimes ever soothed. Hope  still resonates in most situations. Being open to some changes in what we want in our lives, might be necessary, but in the process may bring us more satisfaction. It might be that we must wait awhile, and look for an evolved kind of answer to our hope, but if we search, we will find peace.

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.”    Albert Schweitzer

“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”    C.G. Jung

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”    C.G. Jung

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