Our lives go through many seasons. For example: childhood, teenage years, college, our first job, marriage, having children, retiring, becoming grandparents — and developing a chronic illness such as fibromyalgia.
Through all the ups and downs of our life, I think the one thing that keeps us going is hope. There is a verse in the Bible that says hope deferred makes the heart sick. I think that means that if you lose hope, you’ll lose the will to go on. So, we need to find that hope and hold onto it for dear life.
Hope keeps us looking for a cure. Hope doesn’t disappoint. Hope is something we could wake up with every morning and put it on the same way we put on our clothes. Without hope it’s so easy to just sink into the mire of depression.
Hope is saying that you are not going to let FM have the upper hand. It’s not a pie-in-the-sky attitude; it’s CHOOSING to look on the bright side. It’s desiring to make more of your life, in spite of your limitations.
I really like the Webster’s dictionary definition of hope: “To expect with confidence.” What can we expect with confidence? That someday they’ll find a cure, that we will have good days, that we will get the support we need, that they’ll develop a medicine with greater results, that (fill in the blank with your wish).
What might the opposite of hope look like? Despair? Discouragement? Hopelessness? I think it’s important to hope for a better future and then move toward it, otherwise nothing will really change. I would encourage you to find something you can do that will bring a measure of joy to your life, as well as to the lives of others. That’s my goal.
Perhaps you can bring hope to others by finding a senior center and writing to one or two residents who don’t have anyone who visits them. You could knit baby hats or blankets and donate them to a crisis pregnancy center. You could bake a batch of cookies and bring them to your local firehouse.
As you bring hope to others, you will feel your own hope begin to grow and blossom.
I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
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