How many of you have had to fight against discouragement? Every single one of us has been there—right? Whether you’re facing disappointment, despair, or another difficult condition or situation, unfortunately the following quote is true, and going through the ‘what is’ can be a challenge:
“In order to get from what was to what will be, you must go through what is.”
Hopelessness seems to show up at the worst times—when things keep going wrong, when plans or dreams aren’t working out the way you hoped, when you’re being bombarded on all sides by challenges, and sometimes when you’re just plain tired!
We’ve all found ourselves in a low place and been boosted out of it by the support of other people who care. Reassurance and encouragement are lifelines that lift us above our circumstances.
Just like you, I’m not safe from discouragement. Sometimes everything seems like an uphill climb, and I wonder where the open doors are hiding. A thought suddenly pops into my head about giving up and walking away—and then I receive a note from a grateful reader and I know everything is worth the cost. I want to send a warm thanks to all who have written to me! You’ve made a tremendous difference in my life.
Isn’t it amazing how a carefully chosen word at just the right time swings the scales toward keeping on instead of giving up! Grief is that way, too. Just when you think you can’t take another step, someone shows up and says or does something that changes your whole outlook and gives you the courage and determination to stay the course. You’ve probably been that special person to someone else in the same way you’ve been on the receiving end of that ‘rope of hope.’
The bottom line is that we need each other during grief and also during every day of our lives. Encouragement is the tonic that resists discouragement. The right kind of encouragement changes everything!
Be sensitive to the people around you. If someone needs a ‘rope of hope,’ extend it! When you’re considerate and understanding toward others, you’re likely to receive the same in return when you need help the most.
© 2012 Judy Brizendine