• How's All That Hope Working For Ya?
  • Cheryl Boyce
How's All That Hope Working For Ya?
Good Day Everybody!  I hope you are all having a killer week so far and aren't already lamenting for the weekend. I wanted to confess something to you this week. So, here it is...
Hope is a good thing right?  I always thought so and still do!  In fact, I'm proud of it and am definitely NOT looking for a cure.  There's a catch though. Hope isn't enough.  Yes, you heard me right. It's not enough.  Hope is a fantastic start, but it's super passive.  It's one thing to hope for things to be different, it's an entirely different thing to do something about it.  In order for hope to be effective, you've got to add a little faith and step out and take action.  What do I mean?  Here's a few examples that I'm sure you can relate to:
1) Hoping for a better job:  That's awesome!  Ambition is a good thing, but you can hope all you want or perhaps apply for a different job, go the extra mile at work in order to get recognized for the position you want.  The list goes on, but you get what I mean.
2) Hoping to meet the right guy or girl:  This is one that pretty much all of us have dealt with.  It seems like there are just so many "Mr. & Mrs. Wrong's".  So, what if you looked somewhere different, than the place you already are "picking up"?  Maybe stay away from the "hook up" sites, stop test driving and figure out who you're looking for and find out where they hang out.  Trust me!  I am preaching to the choir.  I found Mr. Right when I was only in Gr. 4 (we're married now) but between meeting him and figuring out that the "good guy" is WAY better than the "bad guy" there was A LOT of drama.  We can chat about that another time. ;)
3) Hoping for a better relationship:  Again, hope is great. Don't give up on the idea that things can get better, but take the first step.  Apologize first if you have to, even if it's unfair.  Make a promise to yourself that you won't yell the next time the dishes are left on the table and his towel (or hers) is in the middle of the floor. Sidenote:  I am definitely not saying this about an abusive relationship.  In that case get your butt out of there!  
4) Hoping for things that are out of your control:  There are always those situations, where it isn't easy to see what we should do next and there seems to be no next step to take.  It's in those moments that I defer to my faith.  Faith is a very good thing.  It comes alongside our efforts and performs miracles when what we are able to do is limited. 
So don't give up, don't give in and keep hope ALIVE.
(That totally sounds like a cheesy, cliche song....but sometimes you need that in your life)
Have an amazing day!
For Freedom,
Cheryl and The Freedom Culture Team.
  • Cheryl Boyce

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