That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.”
Above is one of many poems that inspire me to keep going when I feel as though there is nothing left to give. And Emily makes a great comparison with hope and a bird that keeps singing through all adversity.
In this journey of life, there have been several storms I have had to overcome – death of loved ones, depression, anxiety, living with schizoaffective disorder, unemployment, my father’s battle with cancer, etc. It hasn’t been easy at all, but in all of these storms hope has been a strong pillar of consistency. Without hope, I most certainly would have withered away in my own darkness into nothingness and death.
But hope managed to save me every time – the simple yet powerful belief that everything will work out for the best combined with the faith that everything has a reason – this is what did not allow me to be swallowed whole by that darkness, by all of the negativity, by all of the pain. With this hope, I fought through the web of depression and the stronghold of anxiety (and I continue to fight on a daily basis), for hope creates a light at the end of the tunnel, something to look forward to when everything seems like it’s falling apart.
Hope causes us to forge onward head-on to face our fears and overcome what obstacles are in the way. When you are alone in your fight against adversity, hope gives you the comfort you need to keep moving forward no matter the storm, soituation, or problems you face. In this respect, hope is like a sword and shield in the midst of the battlefield of life – there to protect and defend you from anything that comes your way.
I encourage you to think about what keeps you going when it feels like the walls around you are closing in on you. What gives you hope in the darkest of your battles? And think about the impact that hope has had on your life’s journey so far.
Go forth with your sword and shield, with the courage to face what life may throw at you!
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