Less Fear More Hope

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“There is too much fear and not enough hope.” ~Unknown

We must actively choose Hope. Will you?

Our World Today

Encouraging you to “Look up,” there you will find Hope! 🙂

Anger And Courage

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“Hope has two beautiful daughters – their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

– St. Augustine

Anger does have its place, it can benefit us when we use its energy in the right way. Anger is an emotion often characterized by feelings of great displeasure, indignation, hostility, wrath and vengeance. It is an expression of our dissatisfaction with life. We all have an angry wild being buried deep inside. Anger is an important and necessary component for our ambition and motivation. When we combine anger with the courage to change things, hope flourishes. Courage is contagious and so is hope. So the next time you feel anger brewing, choose change and grow your hope!

Hope’s Enemy – Adversity

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“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.”
― John Green

Let’s face it, sometimes life is full of adversity. Even though we would like to avoid it, that’s impossible. When we are faced with difficult situations in our lives we have a choice to make. We can be overcome with hopelessness or harness hope’s power. Remember, we humans are very resilient creatures. No situation is ever without hope. We can emerge from adversity stronger and wiser, ready to embrace the emerging Spring that lies just ahead. If you are facing adversity, know hope will see you through to the other side.

Hope’s Enemies – Discouragement

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“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”- Abraham Lincoln

Discouragement deprives us of our courage and confidence. When we remain in discouragement we are risking losing our hope. Discouragement, a feeling of despair and despondency, is a choice. We can choose to remain dejected or determine to work through our feelings and overcome them. And remember, we do not have to do this alone. Make sure to reach out to others. May your hope spring forth as never before dear friends!

Our World Today – Finding Hope During Times Of Tragedy – Part 2

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The grief our nation is experiencing is almost unbearable. The violence has been all around us and yet this time it has hit the very young and innocent. How could this happen we are saying. The cry for gun control is loud and clear and yet gun control is not quite the answer here. The reality is evil is responsible for the chaos all around us. Just today in the paper there were many examples of its existence. Here are just a few –

Friday two men doused four people with a flammable liquid at a Denver apartment and set them on fire.

North Korean soldiers attend a mass rally on Friday to celebrate the success of a rocket launch despite international condemnation.

22 chinese children were injured by a knife-wielding man outside a primary school in central China on Friday.

A 46-year-old man was indicted Thursday for killing a 17-year-old teenager over loud music coming from the teen’s car.

This isn’t a gun control issue, this is a heart issue. Our heart is the center of our being, and it manifests our true self more than any outward actions. There are hearts out there that have given in to the evil that dwells among us. We must not allow these tragic events to take our hearts as well. We must also wake up and take a look around. Do you see any hurting hearts? If so, reach out to them and share some of your hope before they go too far and get ensnared by the evil lurking. We are our brother’s keeper. The truth is, all of us have the potential of losing hope. When we share our hope, we are not only helping someone else, we are helping ourselves. Here are a few examples of that hope being shared –

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Frank DeAngelis, principle of Columbine High School had this to say in resonse to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting- “You go to a movie theater in Aurora and all of a sudden your life is taken. You’re at a shopping mall in Portland., Ore., and your life is taken. This morning, when parents kissed their kids goodbye knowing that they are going to be home to celebrate the holiday season coming up, you don’t expect this to happen. I think as a society, we need to come together.”

Our world today is filled with chaos and pain, yet in the midst of it all, lies the power of hope. We need to choose to pull ourselves up and out of the torment that life brings us. Doing this alone is often impossible. There is great strength available in the people around us. When we reach out to others, we are infused with powerful energy. I believe we are all here together to help each other. Still, we have to choose to reach out. Let’s nurture our hope together and watch the power it creates.

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And let us not forget from where that hope comes that is within. “When you look out and see chaos, look up” -Tammy Taylor

Our World Today – Finding Hope During Times Of Tragedy

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Today is a horrible day for America. 20 children and six adults lost their lives in a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut today. You may be asking yourself, “What is happening to our world today?” I know I have asked this question many times in recent years. One can look around and see that tragic happenings seems to be multiplying with each event becoming even more horrifying than the last. The truth is there is an evil in the world. And although we must dwell here with it, we can know there is a power within us greater than the evil in the world. It is during times of tragedy we must look within ourselves and draw upon that power.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said today, “The shooting wrenches the hearts of all people. Once again we speak against the culture of violence infecting our country even as we prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace at Christmas. All of us are called to work for peace in our homes, our streets and our world, now more than ever.”
 

Now is the time we must rise up and show those who are suffering as a result of this tragedy the way. Let us lead them with our hope when they do not have enough hope of their own. We must remember we are all in this together.

A Message of Hope

Chaos is all around us and it appears mankind is facing a consuming darkness. Do you have a strong hope and passion for life despite the chaos? Would you like to share that hope with others? Or maybe you are afraid time is running out, and you have you thought, “When will this all stop?” The experience of living in today’s repressed society of squashed dreams has spawned an epidemic of hopelessness. Every day, in the midst of it all, millions of people are searching for Hope. When individuals unify in pursuit of a common goal, anything is possible. Every small action creates a ripple, multiple small actions create waves. Let’s create waves and flood the darkness with light.

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” -Desmond Tutu

To hope is human. We all need hope. Just think of what can happen when we all unite our Hope together. I am a Hope Messenger. Will you join me and become a Hope Messenger too?

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