Hope

 .  .  .  finding hope in every difficult situation

From despair to hope….

Loss . . . depression . . . confusion . . . anxiety . . . sickness . . . loneliness . . . transition . . . separation . . . suffering . . . compulsive eating . . . anger . . . isolation…   the pain of living with these, often brings a person to seek help.

Our natural instinct, when hurt, angry or hopeless is to build walls around our heart.

Walls of self-protection that separate us from others.

The loneliness of it all can feel overwhelming. and the anger may seem relentless.

Hopelessness settles in.

We withdraw, become isolated, worry more, talk less, become despairing, angry, unforgiving, depressed and anxious.   We often do more of the very things that are NOT working already. . . . what else could we do?

Those walls of protection now keep out the very love and curiosity that are needed for healing.   Instead of ourselves growing into a new way of life, understanding, and action..  we find that only the painful circumstances grow

 

Our human capacity to heal is truly remarkable… 

Hope comes in when we begin to speak out loud about what we have experienced. Give yourself permission to hope.

Anne Lamott put it this way, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the next right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and you work. You don’t give up.”

According to Louis Smedes,  “…genuine hope always combines imagination, faith, and desire. Those are the main ingredients.”

Hope grows when you shine the light of imagination and desire into what is causing you to suffer and develop your willingness to change what you can.

When together with your therapist, you develop understanding, insight, and  possible solutions for what is causing you to suffer.  You work through the difficult times because now you have more direction, support, guidance, a place to sort out your own feelings and thoughts, and because it’s worth it.

Hope grows when you find the therapist who will walk with you, bringing her experience, skill, faith, ideas and sense of possibility into your life. 

Someone with whom you  feel safe talking and who believes in your ability to truly change and grow.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

seeds-of-lightHope is always available to us. When we feel defeated, we need only take a deep breath, look at one another and say,   “Yes,” and hope will reappear.   

~Monroe Forester

                . . . it doesn’t have to be that way.

 

 

 

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