colorful butterfly finds its way out of a dark tunnel, concept of freedom
Going on 10 hours without power and below freezing temperatures outside meant that my house was cold and dark, my electronic devices were dead, and I had nothing but quiet, candles, books and a fireplace to occupy my time. And I found the need to find something to quell my growing unrest. What kept me from freaking out in that moment was HOPE – hope that the power would be restored, that the sun would shine again, and that all would be well with the world once again.
Hope is the DESIRE for things to get better, the EXPECTATION that circumstances will improve, and the COURAGE to take the actions necessary to make that happen. Sometimes that action is simply focusing on something for which you can be grateful, turning your attention away from challenging conditions. Sometimes that means helping someone else going through a rough time. Sometimes that action means reaching out for help yourself.