How important is having hope? In my experiences I have come to understand that everyone has their ups and downs. Often, you may think you are the only one dealing with this feeling of hopelessness or lack of worth.
You may be thinking “Why Me Lord?,” or “Does Anything I Do Really Matter?” I am here to tell you, “YES!” YOU DO MATTER AND YOUR ARE WORTH MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE! Have Hope In Your Heart and know your worth.
You can begin to understand things a bit by knowing there are Universal Laws that govern our existence. There is always a front and a back, a left and a right, inside/outside, up/down, negative/positive, good/evil…. it is a coupling of our existence and our way of being.
It is the balance of life. I feel if you can understand this concept, this universal law, it may help you look past your current situation and know there is something opposite of what is going on right now. Just look for it as it is there.
Don’t be fooled by the dark curtain of fear. It is only there to stop you in your tracks and hold you back. As long as you know about this Universal Law of Opposites, you can break through that curtain and find the sunshine on the other side!
HOPE AND HOPELESSNESS
Hope and hopelessness are like twins looking out different windows. They coexist as a matter of universal law while being at opposite ends of the spectrum. And… having one or the other is definitely a powerful experience in our status of being human.
Expectations of family, friends, co-workers, teachers, employers, society, and cultural belief systems all have a dynamic impact of our personal view of who we are. This in turn, ultimately, cause us to have feelings of either hope or hopelessness at some point in our lives. To some degree, hopelessness seems to have a stronger impact on our views of self.
These feelings of hope and hopelessness are intimate and complex and individual to each of us. The dynamics of these emotions rest in our perception of who we are, the foundation of our spirit and the strength of our being.
THE BAG OF MARBLES
” Without hope, life is meaningless. Without hope, life is meaning less and less.” ~Author Unknown
Think of a bag of marbles held snugly inside a clear plastic bag. Each marble has a sparkle and color that captures your eye. You twirl the bag and marvel at the beautiful prism of colors as they dance in the light. Such a pretty bag of marbles!
Now, think about that little marble in the middle. No one can see it. No one even knows that it is there. That little marble might be thinking (if it could think) “Does it even matter that I am here. Does anyone even care that I am here? Would anyone even notice if I was gone?”
Go ahead and pull that little marble out of the middle of the bag, that insignificant, little marble that no one can see. Pull it right out of the bag and see which one of the other marbles isn’t affected by its absence.
Each marble in that bag has to shift as you remove the small, insignificant, unseen marble from that clear plastic bag. Every single marble in that bag has a new position and now there is another unseen marble in the middle of them all.
Does that make the marble in the middle any less important than the marbles that can be seen? Of course not. Each marble has a place in that bag and each marble supports the others. That original little marble in the middle of the bag was holding all the others together in place so they could sparkle and shine! It’s job was paramount to the others.
If you can understand that you are an important thread or marble in your world, then there is hope in your heart. You have a place in the world that plays a very important role. Everyone you touch, whether you realize it or not, feels your presence and you are the marble that holds the universal picture together.
KNOWING YOUR WORTH
“Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. “~Author Unknown
It has been said before me, that faith grows out of trials endured. Difficult times bring insecurities and lost feelings of
our importance or our place in the world. These trials may be brought on by illness, depression, anxiety, abuse, or even the death of a relationship or job. And it is true, these life struggles may take us to a place where it is just too much work to even hope.
George Iles says that hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. Remember that having faith is believing in something you can’t see with your eyes; so, if you hold your hand out in hope, reaching for that possibility of change, you are turning faith into hope. They work together at all times.
With faith and hope you will understand that you are worthy of a better situation. Once you know you deserve something better, you can understand that better is coming your way. And once you believe this you are believing in yourself once again. You DO matter. Your very presence in this world has a tremendous effect those around. How you handle yourself in difficult situations will leave an impression on others, whether you know it or not.
Feeling unappreciated or “unseen” leads to hopelessness. However, the hopeless situation you are seeing now, does have another side to it. That is the Universal Law of Opposites.
Remember the story about the “BAG OF MARBLES“. Then, like the twins, switch windows, see the other side of possibilities and feel hope.
Hope is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –and sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all….
~Emily Dickinson, c.1861
I wish for each of you a peace that gives you hope in your heart for you are worth it!