Finding Hope and Joy in Challenging Times

Saturday, March 31, 2018
It can be hard to find hope by looking around the world in which we live.  Add into the mix challenges in your personal life (recently for me, there have been several losses), and it can be overwhelming.  I like some of the TED talks highlighted in post How to be more hopeful, especially the one by Paul Tasner, who was laid off at 64, and by 66 became an entrepreneur.  How inspiring!  I like how he holds a space in his life for both loving his grandchildren AND wanting to make a positive difference in the world.

We hold many parts of our lives as sacred, and accepting those parts brings peace.  For example, I want to make a positive difference as a nurse, but I also want to be the best Mother to my three children I can be, and I also want to have a close, loving relationship with my husband.  When I allow myself to feel guilty about the time my job takes from my children or the time my children take from my marriage or the time my marriage takes from my personal hobbies, I begin to feel stretched thin, and this fosters anxiety and robs my sense of hope and joy.  Recognizing there is time to be present with all parts of one's life, and putting one foot in front of the other as we work to reach our goals and aspirations, is a good place to be in maintaining hopefulness.  And it's never too late to make changes to your life and form new habits to better facilitate a more joyful life.


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