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Live, Give, Love, and Learn: 10 Places to Find Hope

“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” ~Proverb

In the spring of 2006, I was training for the MS 150, a cycling event to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I was hopeful that I could contribute to MS research and support. Someone close to me has MS and I wanted to help.

About a month into my spin classes and outdoor training, I started to feel bad. I was tired, weak, and having some balance issues.

I never got to participate in the ride. In fact, shortly after the event date, I had my own MS diagnosis. My most debilitating symptom was vertigo. I couldn't walk a straight line, let alone ride a bike.

I was shocked by my diagnosis. I was sad and I was scared, but I was hopeful. Right from the start I was hopeful that I would regain my health, and help others with MS. Just having hope wasn't enough, but at the same time it was everything.

When something happens that threatens to leave you hopeless, remember that you are strong. You are resilient and you can take the necessary steps to protect hope and encourage change.

Without hope, there is no next step. Without hope, there is no possibility of happiness. I choose hope.

Where to find hope:

1. Find hope in action.

Take the steps necessary to move towards the life that makes your heart sing. For me, that meant improving my health through changes in diet, schedules, and overall lifestyle.

2. Find hope in love.

Share your deepest desires and let the people that love you help you on your journey. We are all in this together. It will be hard to ask for help, but do it anyway. They need to help you as much as you need their help.

3. Find hope in education.

Knowledge really is power. The more you know, the easier it will be to move forward. If you don’t know enough, it’s hard to take appropriate action.

4. Find hope in giving.

Give your time, talent, and treasure to those who need your gifts. Turn your attention to someone else and you’ll create hope for them and for you.

5. Find hope in gratitude.

Be grateful for your life and your opportunities every day. With that awareness of how blessed you really are, comes great hope.

6. Find hope in trust.

Believe in yourself and others to be life changers and world changers. You have the power to make things better or different.

7. Find hope in intuition.

Listen to the voice that comes from your heart. That voice knows you. That voice will guide you.

8. Find Hope in Change.

The only constant in this world is change. Go with the flow and experience all that change has to offer.

9. Find hope in letting go.

Let go of your fear, your sadness, your anxiety, or anything else that is holding you back. Letting go will give you space to let hope in.

10. Find hope in the least expected places.

You can’t always predict where you will find hope or who might give it to you. Keep an open heart and be ready for hope to surprise you.

I am aware that MS could rob me of health one day, as could many other conditions, but I will not live in fear. I choose to live with hope. Fear and worry may pass by, but they do not have a place in my heart or in my life.

“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” ~Proverb

I would add that with hope comes health. It might not be exactly how you pictured it, but if you can find the goodness in it, hope will deliver.

Once I stopped being scared about what might happen, and made changes to be as healthy as I could be, I knew everything would be OK. Being hopeful gave me strength. When I thought I was losing my health, hope let me redefine my life.

Let hope heal you. Let hope change you and let hope let you change the world.

Where do you find hope?

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About Courtney Carver

Courtney Carver writes about living life on purpose at Be More With Less. Read her book or follow her on twitter to connect and learn more.

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  • Carolyn Rivergirl

    It was good to see your contribution today. I have health issues that are a part of my life and today was a bit of a downer. It makes me realise that it can be a continual struggle/fight/journey to keep afloat. I draw inspiration from people like yourself who continue to strive for a full life, in whatever form that may take. Like you, I find that knowledge has helped me manage my health. Keeping an open, positive mind has also opened the way for me to see greater possibilities for my life. After a difficult start this morning I’m glad that I came across your words. They encourage me to consider looking at today in a more hopeful way.

  • A beautifully powerful, simple piece. Thank you.
    Hope can be found in the smallest pieces of our world where we feel we still have some control, when all else spins out of our control.
    Hope can be found in rituals, routines, anything that brings order to our lives when our lives get totally out of their predictable order.
    Hope can be found in the mundane, everyday aspects of our lives, being mindful and appreciative of all that remains the same when an unexpected gust blows us off course.

  • Carolyn, I’m so glad you found some of what I said helpful. It really is a choice every day to find hope and health. Good luck on your journey. Being open to inspiration is so important!

  • This last month I felt overwhelmed by my challenges with physical therapy and a year of unemployment. It didn’t matter how much I tried, I felt like giving up. I found hope in reminding myself to go with the flow, accept what is, and in seeing today with gratitude.

    I love your list — I have it bookmarked to refer to whenever I need a little boost — thank you!

  • Harriet, Thank you! Your recommendations are so smart. Finding hope in the “everyday aspects of our lives” is key. When we begin to appreciate our day to day routines in that way, hope is everywhere.

  • Sue, It sounds like you’ve had a challenging year. To find hope in all of that is a such a demonstration of your character. You didn’t give up and because of that hope will continue to grow in your life.

  • Sarahmarinara

    I am a proud daughter of a man who bravely faced a very progressive form of MS for 23 years. He never lost hope. He never lost the desire to bring hope to other people. Everyday I think of his desire to bring more light into the world, even when he faced his own light being dimmed by the loss of his health. Every day he fought to live in body that had betrayed him, and yet he chose to remain exquisitely human, alive and full of love, and that was his gift to us. Hell yes, that gives me hope. Thank you sharing this! I hope you own courage inspires you to rock out every like there’s no tomorrow, even on the tough days. You’re amazing!

  • Jtreadwa

    Beautiful. Thank you for the wisdom and perspective you shared. You are truly an inspiration and a wonderful reminder of the power of hope. God Bless!

  • Sarah, Thanks for sharing your dad’s courageous fight. That gives us all hope!

  • Thanks for sharing. Really helpful information and ideas. We never know where the answers to our challanges will come from and having hope opens us up to see our answers, what ever they might be.

    Best, Ellen

  • Beautiful and inspiring post. I practice meditation and follow and Buddhist path. Interestingly, many of the teachings instruct that we give up hope. Not in a dark or dreary way, but as a way of embracing the present moment. I suppose it’s a bit of semantics, but I’m more likely to use the word “trust” versus hope. There are definitely different kinds of hope – the kind where you resist your experience and hope for something better (when Buddhism would instruct we give up hope). And then the kind where you’re with your experience and can trust that what’s going on now is momentary and things will change. So depending on how one approaches hope, I can see how it can be a powerful and uplifting tool.

  • Gaspablue

    if you only knew how very much i needed to read something like this today!!
    thank you!!

  • Carrie, Whatever the word is that inspires us to be better, get healthier, and make it through challenging times is the word we should use. For some that’s hope or prayer and for others it’s trust or mindfulness. All very powerful in different ways.

  • Glad I was here at just the right time for you!

  • Jspmassage

    I needed this post today, I got the news that I’m going blind.

  • Akelly158

    LOVE this! I love your sense of spirit!

    I am going to focus on #7, because I have a habit of not paying attention to my intuition. I also think one could add letting go that which holds you back (not just fears). We might cling to other things too, although it is often rooted in a fear of loss of some kind.

  • Sorry to hear that. I understand how painful a bad diagnosis can be. I hope this post will be helpful to you.

  • Paisleyblossoms

    I needed this post so much. I will be bookmarking it and coming back to visit when I need a refresher. Thank you for this.

  • Rachel Peters Photography

    Your posts are always perfectly timed. Thank You!

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  • Excellent post – without hope there is nothing. The law of abundance and the law of attraction are more valuable lessons that anything I know, other than hope. Regards. Richie

  • Thanks!

  • Josie Galang

    This is what we all need right now to clear our minds of the negative thoughts!

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  • Anass KHAYATI

    it’s a beautiful experience to read….thank you for sharing!

  • Roxy

    This article was brilliant and helped me so much. I have been feeling really down for a while, and realized i need to make changes in my life. I have been through some struggles over the years that left me hopeless and I am trying to change that. Thank you very much for helping me. God Bless!!!

  • Les Gemeaux

    Sometimes we are afflicted to see the afflictions in others, our journeys are all different and sometimes in order to heal and help others we must first learn to heal and help ourselves thereby making our testimonies and experiences more convincing and compelling.