“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott
Hope is holding on to the belief that you are able. You are able to change your life. You are able to write your own story. You are able to make your own footprints in the sand. You are able to do so much more than you think you can. You were created with the ability to do great things with your life.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor Frankl
You are important.
You make a difference.
Those are affirmations that you can say to yourself everyday.
Susan Jeffers writes about affirmations in this little book. It is a great place to start thinking about what you can be.
Affirmations start with our attitudes about others and ourselves. I was reminded that self-talk/affirmations played an important role during the Holocaust. Viktor Frankl wrote, “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” (Frankl, “Man’s search for meaning”, p. 86).
Attitude is about choice, a choice we make, and a choice that is shaped by our affirmations.