This past few weeks the planet has changed. The media threw a panic party, and it seems like the whole world turned up. Some are suffering, many are stressed, and all are inconvenienced.
In light of our un-welcomed, new reality of social distancing, and lining up for loo paper, we wanted to throw you three thoughts on how you can remain hopeful. We hope this inspires you to lift your eyes!
We know it sounds obvious, but if we want to hold onto hope, might it be helpful to avoid situations that feed hopelessness?
Yes. Good point. Thanks for that. Easier said than done, right? How do we avoid hopeless situations without crawling under a rock?
We have a few suggestions.
Hope has a hard time with complaining, dwelling on inconveniences or problems, and it doesn’t weather well in isolation.Now is the time to bring out the ‘bright side’, to practice encouragement and connect in new ways.
Hope thrives in positive environments, loves creativity, looks for opportunities, and talks about solutions and possibilities.
Hope feeds on gratefulness, reads good news stories and focuses on pleasant outcomes.
We must carefully cultivate hopeful surroundings by watching what we emphasise. What we give space to grows bigger, so we say - do not magnify the difficulties. Rather, put hope in lights, hand it the microphone, and let it have the whole stage.
Things are rough, we acknowledge that, but even more so, we acknowledge the good that is being done, the beauty that still abounds and the potential that still lives inside of us.
So sister, by all means stay informed and take precautions, but just as importantly, protect your eyes and ears from those tall stories that tower and tell you that all hope is lost.
Engaging in meaningful tasks and the things that are significant to us help to restore a sense of achievement and progression.
When we sense forward motion, the feeling of being stuck is illuminated, and ‘stuck’ is where hopelessness lives.
We suggest staying in routine; keep punching like you used too. But if you can’t, create a new routine centered around, mind, body and soul health. If you are in lockdown, confined to one space, don't just lag around. Schedule your time with meaningful work, learning and creativity.
Take it from us, acknowledging what is significant, staying focused on little wins, and scheduling a routine will help us move up and onward.
Spending time in beautiful places is a magnet for hope. Hope loves to be wowed; it is up for anything that makes you gasp. Being amongst natureinvigorates. Take in the sights, sounds, smells and feels of earth. Go sketch a seascape, snap at sunset, pick some wildflowers, recite poetry to the trees; anything outdoors is trending.
The ocean is not cancelled, or the mountain or the woods or waterfalls or rivers or stars or plants and flowers. Be amazed!
Sending love from our team to you! xx