My favorite blanket at home was a recent Christmas gift, and on it are the phrases pictured above:
* Love is the key that opens the heart.
* Hope is the dream that awakens the soul.
* Peace is the light that guides the way.
* Faith is the certainty that sees us through.
Love is why we are here on earth – to give and receive love – and is key to having hope, peace and faith. In fact, these emotions are absolutely necessary to have happy, fulfilling lives, and are interwoven into our days.
“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve
If you look up the word hope in the dictionary, you’ll see it described as a feeling of expectation or desire for your perfect ideal to happen. And hope is universal – it crosses all boundaries of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender and political beliefs. But like faith, which requires work to grow, our hopes will be left as dreams or be unfulfilled if we don’t work towards them. While it is certainly challenging to maintain hope and faith in times of uncertainty and darkness, they are both necessary to see us through to the other side.
When we think about faith, which is often the evidence of things unseen or questions unanswered, it’s important to note that faith takes many forms. We know miracles happen every day, yet we don’t always witness them. We can have faith in other people, in ourselves, in humankind, in a higher power, or just about the future. And, we don’t always have to have the answers to have hope and faith.
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go love intentionally, extravagantly and unconditionally. The broken world awaits in darkness for the light that is you.”
– LR Knost
The simple act of believing in blessings can be a vessel for them. Having complete and blind faith can also be key to your success. As stated above – they are intertwined.
I’ll leave you with some beautiful prose by Emily Dickinson:
“Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul,
And sings a tune without the words, And never stops at all.”
XOXO, Namaste, Heather