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How to Hold Onto Hope in the Face of Darkness

It’s amazing how much better I feel when I can go outdoors and breathe in all of nature. Even if I sit quietly listening to the sounds and smells of spring I instantly feel rejuvenated.

It’s no secret that giving yourself a break to sit in solitude is healthy. According to Psychology Today:

“In today’s constantly connected world, finding solitude has become a lost art. In fact, Western culture tends to equate a desire for solitude with people who are lonely, sad, or have antisocial tendencies. But seeking solitude can actually be quite healthy. In fact, there are many physical and psychological benefits to spending time alone.“

I remember several years ago during a particularly desperate time with my health, I longed for the day I could spend time in the fresh air and sun. After a stay in the hospital, and some time to recoup, my son walked beside me as I took my first slow steps outdoors. Listening to the choir of birds and smelling the sweet fragrance of flowers and freshly mowed grass made my heart soar. I will never forget that day, and I hold onto it during darker days.

We all need to hold on to something when that black cloud hovers over us. Whatever MS throws our way we need to hold onto hope. Hope that there will be better days. Hope there will be healthier times. Hope there will be medications to ease our pains. Hope there will be a cure.

What helps you feel instantly better?

I love reading quotes when I’m feeling down. Here are some I hold close to my heart. Meaningful quotes can lift your spirits and remind you that others have traveled a journey similar to yours. That helps everyone feel less alone.
Keep your soul happy by opening yourself up to hope. And spend time in solitude in the name of better health.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” ~Emily Dickinson

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You make choices every day and almost every hour that keep you walking in the light or moving away toward darkness.” ~Henry B. Eyring

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” Helen Keller

“When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.” Unknown

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  • potter
    2 years ago

    The sun, sun, sun! I go out on a bright sunny day and I feel renewed. A gloomy dark day drags me down. If I am feeling down and everything is dark, I make myself get up and work on a project I have been meaning to do. Sometimes it just hemming some pants, but I have accomplished something that day and it makes me feel better. Potter

  • Mariella
    2 years ago

    Thank you your post Cathy! And for the H O P E!!! We are in the same boat :). Thank you!

  • Cathy Chester moderator author
    2 years ago

    Oh, it’s my pleasure, Mariella. Thanks for your enthusiasm about HOPE about for being part of our community.

    Best to you always~

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