Rona Musings Gratitude Day Eight

“If you’re reading this…

Congratulations, you’re alive.

If that’s not something to smile about,

then I don’t know what is.”

― Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head

Today I am grateful for the ability to be hopeful

hopeful for the future

even when the world seems to be falling apart, there are still small signs of love and caring if one looks closely.

While there is breath in me, I must have hope —

hope without expectations,

hope because I firmly believe that nothing happens by coincidence.

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

― Alexander Pope

Hope that although I have no idea what the future holds, my life is on a trajectory that is preordained.

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”

― C. JoyBell C.

I am used to living life in this manner. I have done so for a very long time.

From experience, I have learned that when I try to force situations they turn out bad. So although I am not a passive person, I have learned to sit back and wait to see how my life is going to unfold.

Life in general has been easier to accept since I have surrendered control to G-D.

It takes away the guesswork and promotes hopefulness.

Surrender makes it easy to believe that everyone I come across is/was put in my path

for a REASON, a SEASON, or to teach a LESSON.

Hope for the future also helps in the process of healing.

If one takes a moment to imagine living in the darkness of grief without hope, it is truly frightening. Just thinking about it takes me back to the first months of grieving. When the void of the pit was home, the edge of the abyss not frightening. Thank goodness the light of hope was able to break through, for had I lived in the darkness of grief and mourning without hope, I would not be here today.

“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

I will admit that there have been times in my life that I planned my exit, when things seemed hopeless. More than I care to admit.

But

Every.

Single.

Time.

Hope.

Won.

Hope helps me face the future with guarded optimism instead of fear.

“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”

― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

XO Lisa

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