27 Days ’til 40: Finding Hope

25 Jan



I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.  I do not judge the universe. ~ Dalai Lama

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~ Helen Keller

No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible. ~ George Chakiris

I was thinking about hope today….. hope is one of those crazy things that can be so hard to grasp, yet so difficult to live without.  I remember when I was in grad school and we were discussing the rehabilitation of suicidal teens.  My professor cited numerous studies (none of which I remember, sorry) that correlated recovery from suicidal tendencies with hope.  Researchers found that when teens found some sort of hope for the future then they were able to move forward and no longer repeat suicidal attempts.  It makes sense.

We all need to feel that there is something to live for, a reason to move on.  If we are in the rougher moments in our lives, and we all have them, then we need to pause for a moment and look for that hope that our circumstances will morph into something more bearable, something that brings more joy and satisfaction.  Sometimes it is hard to let go of our depression, our frustration, our anger long enough to afford ourselves the opportunity to hope for change.  When we can let go and believe we find ourselves in a happier state of being.

Today, 27 days ’til 40, I am thankful that I am usually able to find that place of hope in my life – I hope you can as well.




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22 responses to “27 Days ’til 40: Finding Hope

  1. slepsnor

    January 25, 2013 at 00:10

    Several family members and friends of mine who have battled cancer have told me that one of the things that got them through was the hope that they would beat it. In terms of healing and fighting against disease, hope is a very powerful motivator.

    • 400daystil40

      January 26, 2013 at 01:07

      Ah, a very very good point! Hope is indeed critical for healing.

  2. anthonyhellmann

    January 25, 2013 at 00:32

    Hope truly is the power that moves mountains.
    Hope and Fear one will empower you the other will tear you down.
    I really enjoyed your post.


  3. jaksichja

    January 25, 2013 at 01:37

    After reading some of your posts, of late–they speak volumes as to the level of “emotional maturity” that you possess. I also believe you have alot of good insights. Nice to read about them.

    • 400daystil40

      January 26, 2013 at 01:06

      Wow, thank you so much for the great compliment! 🙂

      • jaksichja

        January 26, 2013 at 04:06

        That is what I believe that I read through your posts

  4. behindthemaskofabuse

    January 25, 2013 at 03:43

    i wouldn’t be alive without it. 🙂

  5. sakuraandme

    January 25, 2013 at 07:06

    Hi! *waving* I loved this post as it’s so true! Hugs from OZ…..Paula xx

  6. saymber

    January 25, 2013 at 15:36

    I always said that if I had a daughter I would name her Hope! I had a hysterectomy back in Aug 2005 so there will never be a physical daughter but each day the birth of the intangible Hope is possible.

    • 400daystil40

      January 26, 2013 at 01:05

      I love the name hope! In fact, I almost named my daughter hope!

      • saymber

        January 26, 2013 at 16:34

        That makes me smile to know there is a little tangible Hope walking around! 🙂 My birth mom’s middle name was Faith and mine is Joy…figured Hope was a natural addition lol.

  7. Another Thousand Words

    January 26, 2013 at 19:01

    Wonderful post, 400! When we lose hope, we have truly lost Life…a thought to always keep foremost in our ‘little gray cells’! And, BTW…an exceptionally stunning image today! You’ve a very ‘good eye’ for beauty!

    • 400daystil40

      January 26, 2013 at 22:31

      Thanks so much – I really appreciate how encouraging you have been with my photos – I have fun with them!

  8. Spider42

    January 28, 2013 at 12:02

    It’s not always easy and not having religious faith to fall back on like so many makes it a wee bit harder I suppose – but it also makes me appreciate the things in my life because the things that give me hope are the people I know and love and the dreams I live for… Hope is an amazingly strange little thing. 🙂


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