Hope is probably the most important factor to dealing with any difficult time. Hope is what drives us forward and gives us the energy to endure and prevail over any circumstances. When someone has lost hope, it makes a person’s life so much harder, suffering even more. Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel, the door opening to let the sunshine in. It gives us the reason to go on and to know we will get through whatever is happening now.

My family and I managed to survive those four years of separation because we continually had something to hope for. Even the darkest times, we had avenues that gave us something to hope for. I am so grateful I wasn’t sent away because I was truly afraid for my life and believed terrible things would have happened to me. So I kept myself focused on the good things that could happen. I always had some light that I could focus on with the vision of me going home always at the forefront.

To me, hope is finding Happiness, Optimism, and Positive Energy. It reminds us that better days are ahead. Life is cyclical and hope gets us over those bumps and valleys. It is also the door that opens to let light into any dark situation. Feeling hopelessness is common during a crisis. Look for the things that can give you something positive to focus on…you can breath, you can read, you have a special purpose in your life and this may be a part of forming you to be the best possible version of yourself.

If you imagine baking cookies, each ingredient by itself doesn’t taste very good. Who wants to eat a spoonful of flour, or butter, or sugar, or baking soda? But put them all together in the right measurements, bake them in the oven, and viola! You have delicious cookies.

Life is much the same. Each crisis, challenge, or trauma in itself doesn’t feel very good, but the end result is a beautifully woven tapestry of your life that brings out the best of you. Focus on the future—the brightest future you can imagine—so that you can bring that into your life. It’ll give you the hope you need to get through the challenges you may be facing right now.

Author's Bio: 

Karin Volo is an expert in career development, tough transitions, and personal development. Karin has over 15 years experience working in Executive Search, with a unique international understanding of building successful businesses on two continents. Having worked with start-up companies to international organizations, she has gained a broad business viewpoint and has also helped hundreds of individuals discover and find their dream jobs. The common thread with all of her clients has been that they are experiencing a transformation.
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