You Gotta Have HopeWhat exactly is hope? I guess the best place to start is with the definition of the word. According to Miriam Webster, hope means:
1. to cherish a desire with anticipation
2. to desire with expectation of obtainment
3. to expect with confidence
So, hope isn't about wishing, because wishes are just about wanting a fantasy to come to pass. To actually hope for something one must strongly believe that the end result will be a positive one; that if we truly believe, we will achieve our desired outcome. Hope is isn't a passive activity, it is hard work.
Why do we need hope? Well, believe or not hope is the one thing that can help us reach the other side of whatever trouble we are facing. Unfortunately, for many people, life isn't always glamorous or easy. Many of us encounter difficulties throughout our lives. I doubt that there are very many people who have skated through live unscathed. When we encounter those difficulties we need to find something to latch onto and for most of us, that is hope. I came across this quote while doing some research, "As humans, we need hope. We can't live without it. It is the lifeblood to our spiritual survival, and the only thing that pulls us out of the deep trenches of the pain and hurt of life." (Goins, 2009, para. 4). Without hope in our lives we would spiral down into a state of despair. I've been there and it is no place to be whether for a short stay or a long term visit. Thankfully, I managed to pull back out, reach out and grab onto a sliver of hope. Know that when you need to draw on it, hope can be there for you too.
Not only is hope good for our soul but it is also good for our mind and body. Studies have been shown that people who have hope in their lives have a different neurochemistry than those who don't. Hope has been shown to act like a narcotic by blocking pain. Other studies indicate that our respiratory and circulation systems, along with our motor functions can also be impacted by the concept of hope. Think of what that could possibly do for someone experiencing pain on a daily basis or someone facing the effects of a deadly disease. Now, it is still possible that your body will give in to the condition you are facing BUT think of what hope can do to prolong our existence and keep us from giving in to the deleterious effects of what we are facing. In other words, isn't it better to face our days in hope rather than in fear?
To help inspire you down the path of hope, check out the wonderful projects some of my Design Team had the opportunity to create...
Sandy used a beautiful image, also from Ike's Art. This stunning image is called Awareness and you can purchase it in the store by checking out the 'My Latest Designs' section. I've linked the watermark below to go straight to the store.
Edwina from Edwina's Creations, who is our guest designer this month, created this cute card...
Edwina has used the image called Owl Scenery, also from Creative Bug Digitals. If you are interested in purchasing this scene, click on the watermark to head to its location in the store.
Clicking on the team members name (or in the case of our GDT, the blog name) will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations!HERE.
Also, I know that the participants would love for you to go and pay them a visit. Remember we're creating a Path of Positivity to follow one project at a time and we'd love to see you somewhere on that route even if it just by leaving a comment on an entry from someone who has touched you somehow with their project and/or post!
If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab and all the details you need to know in order to participate, in the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).
You still have 3 days to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #6. Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Don't forget, if you leave a comment after voting, you have the opportunity to walk away with a digital paper created especially for you. To check out all the eligible images and cast your vote, click HERE. You have until Thursday, October 24th at 11:55 pm to have your say in who walks away with the Voter's Choice prize. If everything goes according to plan, the winners for Challenge #6 will be announced next Monday.
LOOKING FOR ANOTHER MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE ON HOPE?
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Goins, Jeff . (2009). The Importance of Hope in a Person's Life . Available: http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/?filename=the-importance-of-hope-in-a-persons-life. Last accessed 20th Oct. 2013.
Levine, Alexandra, M.D. (1989). The importance of hope. Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1026693/?page=1. Last accessed 20th Oct. 2013.
Miriam-Webster On-Line Dictionary. (2013). Available: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope. Last accessed 20th Oct. 2013.
Mitchinson, Thomas . (2013). The Importance Of Hope. Available: http://www.emergence-international.org/2013/04/the-importance-of-hope-daily-bread-04302013/. Last accessed 20th Oct. 2013.