2009-03-13 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Hope Springs Eternal
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. NANCY GAHLES DR. NANCY GAHLES Hope is that feeling that everything is going to be alright. Hope is about belief in the future. Hope gives us the strength to go on when the prospects do not seem too bright.

Hope is a happy thing that taps you gently on the shoulder each morning and informs you that you have another day to live. Or a moment at best. When you have reached the point where you have taken successive breaths and are well on your way into the day, you have hope that this pattern will continue.

Hope springs eternal for those who build one day upon the efforts of the day before and watch how that work yields opportunities that amaze and delight … and challenge the best in you. As Sun Tzu said, "Opportunities are multiplied as they are seized."

Hope is a prayer that you will get what you want. Hope blessedly dashes despair.

In times of crisis, we cannot see clearly. There is the tendency to fall prey to the notion that things will stay the same as they are and you will never recover or find your way out. In these hard economic times, the future can look bleak. The pundits tell us that things are bad and will get worse over the next year, maybe two. The way to restore hope is to create a new direction. When one door closes, another one opens. It is smart to conserve in tough times, but it is also smart to reinvest in a new plan of action. This is a time to take stock of your life. Where are you now? What are your assets, not just monetarily but your strengths, qualities, drive, instinct, intuition? What can you take with you into the future? Who stands behind you? If you are not sure, ask a close friend or a partner what he or she likes about you. Find a common theme and take it to the bank! That means capitalize on your assets and reinvest in yourself. Make a plan that yields dividends on a daily basis. Friendships, hobbies, travel, doing things you never dreamed of before. The time is always now. One cannot predict the future and neither can the naysayers. Live your best life each and every day and the future will take care of itself. This is hopeful. And it is not dependent on the amount of money you have. Hope is dependent on the energy you put into living your best life today.

Hope is the help of the heart. Allow your heart to inform your

brain. Hope springs eternal when we live in the presence of the Light. As spring approaches, nature gently reminds us of the renewal of Light. She brings us more of it and we respond with a collective sigh of relief. "The crocuses are up!" I hear people say with alacrity. Hope is implicit in the growth of the flowers. As we watch them come into fruition, we can believe that after the darkness, Light inevitably returns. Rebirth is inherent in nature. We, as people of this planet, are an integral part of nature. Watch how She does it. Gently unfolding the petals of a rose. Easy does it. Wait and watch. For as sure as day follows night, spring follows winter and hope follows despair. Be present for the unfolding and await your heart to inform your action.

"One of the things that makes a dead leaf fall to the ground is the bud of the new leaf that pushes it off the limb." — Jan Karon.

May The Blessings Be!

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