I was feeling hopeless the other day (I’m absolutely not immune to that feeling… quite the opposite). I turned to some healing words, the ones you’re about to read, and they reassured me that it’s all really going to be okay.
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul—and sings the tunes without the words—and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickenson
When there seems to be no hope at all, the soul still has a tune to sing. Though we might be feeling hopeless, we can wait to hear that song again. We can practice waiting patiently for hope to spread its wings in the valley of the heart, one more time… always one more time.
There is hope for another moment after this moment, another birth after this death, another morning after every dark night.
I was feeling hopeless, and I turned to some of my own past writing to ease my mind. Some of the healing messages on this blog–the ones I don’t quite remember writing at all–seem to have been written by someone other than me, and so they speak to me as if for the first time.
If you’re feeling hopeless in any way, big or small, I have hope that one of these messages will bring you peace and shed light on the thing with feathers that is perched still in your soul.
When You’re Feeling Hopeless, Remember…
1. You need your own grace.
You’re not perfect, and neither is anyone else. Show yourself some grace…
By forgiving yourself, you decide not to let pain or negativity define this moment or shape your future; you decide instead to let your life be defined by present awareness and future possibilities.
From the post, How to Be Happy Again in 60 Seconds.
2. Comparison is unrealistic.
You don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else but who you were yesterday, and you don’t even need to do that. Comparison isn’t a necessary ingredient of peace or happiness. Comparing your part of the journey to someone else’s much different part of their journey doesn’t support your positive, personal evolution. This is your life to live, so show up for yourself as yourself.
Follow your own path, which might be a little bumpy, but, as Vincent van Gogh once said, “Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
From the post, 10 Things to Remember When You’re Stressed Out.
3. There is possibility you can’t see yet.
What we find is largely determined by what we’re looking for. If we’re so busy rummaging in the dirt, we will fail to see the beauty of the whole garden. Sometimes, we need to take a step back so we can see the bigger picture–so we can see what’s right, and so we can see the light.
From the post, 10 Things Worth Letting Go.
4. You’re part of something bigger.
Trusting life means that there’s still this part of you, however small, that believes in something more, something greater than the present pain, something bigger than yourself. That doesn’t mean you have to understand it completely or preach it.
This part of you is trying to remind you that life exists for you, within you, all around you, and beyond you… Life is you and you are life.
From the post, A Positive Affirmation for Peace: I Trust Life.
5. It’s okay to not be okay.
We don’t have to feel bad for feeling bad–we can just recognize the feeling and let it be there. Looking at our judgemental attitude without more judgment gives the attitude/emotion some space, instead of letting it fester and control us. The space we put between ourselves and emotion gives us a chance to recognize that we’re not the emotion, but the awareness of it.
From the post, If You’re Feeling Down, Try Letting Go of These Three Things.
6. Forgive yourself for feeling hopeless.
If you want to be happy, forgive every single person, circumstance, situation, event, and inconvenience. Forgive your negative thoughts, your tired body, your total and overwhelming unhappiness that has kept you a prisoner within yourself. Try forgiving it all, from the bottom of your heart. Step outside of yourself and forgive it all.
From the post, If You Want to Be Happy, Try This.
7. You can transform this into something positive.
Turn your pain into power by taking a deeper look at what it really is: information. It’s a part of your journey, not the entire path. What can you do with this piece of the puzzle? What can you create with it? Will you let yourself be buried under its weight, or will you grow through the dirt to reach the light? This pain is an opportunity for self-transformation.
From the post, 20 Reminders When You’re Stressed Out.
- Did any of these messages speak to you, too?
- Think of a time when you were feeling hopeless. What lifted your spirits again, what brought comfort, or what guided you back to the light?
Please share your thoughts, healing insights, and any inspiring stories of renewed hope with me in the comments.
Share these healing words with someone who might appreciate the comfort.
No matter what you’re feeling, trust it to be a guide that would bring you back to the light, if you let it.
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