by Wendy Keller
There’s one little thing that separates those who give up and accept the heartache, pain, drama, trauma and difficulties in life as their unfortunate lot. It’s the single ingredient in those who “survive” and those who even somehow manage to “thrive” after bad things happen.
It’s completely calorie free.
It’s relatively rare and thus semi-precious.
It can be difficult to keep once you get it.
It is the most potent predictor of your recovery.
It is BELIEF.
You have to believe that things could get better. You don’t have to get all the way to believing that they will. That’s too much to ask for some folks. Just that there’s a possibility that they could. That things won’t always hurt this much. That life won’t always be this hard. That you’ll feel better someday.
I’m not talking about religious belief, although if that’s your cup of tea it can help. I’m talking about just the tiny seed from which hope grows: the idea that maybe this too shall pass.
And it will.
The way we nurture belief into the flourishing, fruitful tree of hope is by focusing on the possibility it implies. This works because your thoughts are made manifest in the world around you. Your thoughts create the version of reality you see and experience. Choose to believe things could get better, and millimeter by millimeter, they will.
Believe that things MIGHT improve someday and you will soon find yourself harvesting hope in your life.
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