Hope is an essential part of life.
Without hope, getting out of bed would be challenging.
The lack of it is often what differentiates those who get on with things despite challenges and setbacks, and those who stop trying.
Without hope, carrying on is difficult.
Having it is what enables us to carry on during difficult times, no matter how difficult things seem.
The absence of hope makes life unnecessarily hard.
Unnecessarily, because there is always a reason to have hope. Because even in the direst, most difficult of times, there are things to be hopeful about.
Even during the most chaotic, challenging, and unprecedented times, there are always things that can give us hope.
Like now, during this Coronavirus situation.
It is unprecedented.
It is confusing.
It is chaotic.
It seems like the whole world is in disarray.
No one really knows what’s going on, or how things will play out.
No one really knows how long this situation will last, or how much worse it will get.
There are theories, but no one really knows.
All this uncertainty is confusing, and can even be worrying.
But there is hope.
People ARE getting better – there are confirmed cases of recoveries.
Cases ARE declining in many regions – especially noteworthy being China and South Korea.
New treatments and vaccines ARE being developed to deal with it.
And governments around the world ARE starting to get a handle on it.
There are lots of reasons to have hope.
At times it can get challenging, exercising our hope muscle – remembering all the blessings in our lives helps.
A gratitude log is a good way to do that.
There is always hope.
Even if things are chaotic and uncertain, there will always be things that are normal and certain.
Even if this is the new normal, there are things for us to be thankful for.
Even if the world seems to be in chaos, there are things that we can do.
There are lots of things to be thankful for.
Even in the darkest of days.
Like the fact that you are breathing right now.
Thousands of people around the world die every minute, but you are still alive.
That is a huge blessing.
All of us are blessed with lots.
It is good to remember that.
Especially during challenging times such as this.
Remembering the many big and little things to be thankful for helps us have perspective.
It helps renew hope.
So it is a good idea to make it a daily practice.
Notice the beauty around you.
Notice the blessings within you.
For they are there.
Exercise your hope muscle.
Because there is always a reason to have hope.
No matter the situation.