Journey through Time

This week I concluded, on reflection, that Hope Matters.

This reflection was a memory of when I first set up my coaching & training service in 2015 after losing my job.

I had this logo created by Fiverr with instructions to include a butterfly as it represented a transformation. A caterpillar’s struggle to become a butterfly.  


It was important to acknowledge that from a difficult experience, something beautiful had grown in its place, as I had transitioned from employed to self-employed.

I had the idea to do videos on YouTube on hope, personal development, and well-being but found it a challenge to do and kept putting it off.

Then in 2020, at the start of the pandemic, I had several opportunities to deliver
training to community groups, and universities on Mental Health, Well-being, and Stress & Change Management. 
 


There May Be Trouble Ahead   

Midway through the pandemic, it became increasingly difficult to manage the workload. 
I was also moving at the time and as they say, moving is one of the most stressful things to do. The future seemed uncertain so Hope Matters was kind of packed away. 

 

Now in my previous post, I talked about struggling to focus on developing this new online business and needed to block out the world (if that’s even possible). 

And Music was helping me to persevere. 


But those earlier memories of the pandemic felt similar to the way I’m feeling now.

And like before, feeling sad, and overwhelmed, hope seems elusive.  


Hope Matters 

Then I had this eureka moment that I wanted to share with you. I realized that:
 
When everything seems hopeless……
It is precisely the time, that Hope Matters most!

 

I recognized that:
It’s ok to not always feel hopeful because that is temporary.
And it’s not all about me and how I feel, it is way bigger than that.  
That even in the worst of times,  hope will never die.

Somehow I’d forgotten one of my favorite quotes by Wayne Dyer which I’ve used a lot in my training. He wrote that,

When you change the way you look at things, t
he things you look at change.


I’m telling you this because I feel we are once again experiencing a crisis but not to lose hope.

It’s important when we are confused or cannot find a way through to try to reframe the issue and view it from a different angle.


Here’s what I’m thinking…. whether or not I feel hopeful, is no longer relevant because whether I do or not,
Hope still Matters!

 

I don’t have to be happy and hopeful all the time but I can find ways to move in that direction.

 

  For example, I notice that when I write, I feel hopeful!!

Now that I am feeling hopeful, I can look for what else brings me joy.

 

Let’s face the music and dance.    

 

Today Let’s celebrate our youth, the students of today, they give me hope.

I remember the student demonstrations and marches that ended the Vietnam War.

 

I am feeling hopeful, inspired by the possibility that a new world is possible.

 

Feeling the Fear, yet feeling resilient.

I don’t have all the answers, but that too is ok.

 

I am moving forward still.

 

Be Fearless. 

Eleanor

What gives you hope?

What brings you joy?

 

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12 thoughts on “On Reflection: Hope Matters”
  1. Eleanor, this is such a heart-felt and important post. I don’t think it was much of a blog post… it was more like a conversation I’m having with a friend who cares about me. Hope is way more important than we give it credit to be. Without it… the momentum and inspiration to move forward ceases to exist. HOPE IS EVERYTHING!

    I appreciate how strong and resilient you are… and your heart-felt words here give the rest of us the encouragement we need when things are a bit too unbearable. Thanks for being that bit of encouragement that we all need.

  2. Eleanor, that was very well put. Your ability to recognize that hope is at arm’s reach is even at your lowest. To me, it’s a cycle. Because I suffer from bouts of depression, I have to constantly tell myself that it is only temporary and that tomorrow or the next day I will feel more like myself. I think I am a positive person, but when life becomes too hard, it can strip you of your ability to see things in a positive light. Sometimes, hope will come when you understand that you need to learn something about your current situation, and once you do, hope is there to take you through to the next phase. When you learn, you grow, and hope follows.

  3. Hi Eleanor,
    The sun after many days of rain give me hope, blue sky give me hope. Seeing someone happy give me hope because I know happiness then still exists. Joy and hope look as they are often linked together. So if I can find joy in doing a task for my business, there is hope.
    Martin

  4. That reminds me of a quote I just heard this week; it’s easier to change your disposition than your position. There are many things in life we cannot change, and we have no control over, but we can change our mindset, we can hope, and operate out of that hope, rather than despair over the things we can’t change.

  5. Hi Eleanor,
    I have always tried to be a positive person and try to look at the positive side of things. I admire how strong you are and not letting your thoughts or feelings get the best of you. I know how our mind can play tricks on us sometimes. It’s the power of hope and determination that gets us through the challenging times in life. Mindset is the hardest part to achieve when trying to make positive changes in your life. That’s what I have been trying to work on lately. Great post today. Thank you!
    Meredith
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  6. Hi Eleanor,
    Your post was very inspiring and uplifting! Hope is so important and often the things we may go through in life can seem like it steals our hope. I feel that at times. I’m currently going through a tough time and lost hope for a couple of weeks, it was bad time in my thoughts. What gives me hope is remembering no matter what happens God is with me. I get hope from my wife and son, from my mentors and peers in my business, such as you who writes this post or comment on my posts, it gives me hope. I need to be more diligent in thinking on things that give hope more than the craziness around us that depletes us of hope. Thanks for giving hope 🙂
    Denny

  7. Your positivity is inspiring. I hope you get to do those YouTube videos on mental health because it is a huge issue; mindset is everything, our thoughts are so powerful, and mental health is not a priority in most places, and it should be.

  8. Dear Eleanor,
    There is such beauty in your writing! I am thankful that our paths have crossed in this world of the internet, and that I can revisit your blog often to read your posts!
    Hope is eternal. We cannot lose hope or we dare to lose our dreams and goals. Rather it is finding hope within ourselves and others, that glimmer of light in our soul, that will see us through those doubts of darkness.
    Finding your WHY and holding onto it will let the light of hope shine.
    My family, my many years of time with my students, my life’s blessings of getting through the good and not-so-good days, are my joy. My affiliate marketing business to support my family as we grow older is one of my hopes.
    Keep writing, Eleanor! You have a gift to share with others!
    All the best!
    Milissa Neirotti

  9. Eleanor, after reflecting on my journey, I realised the importance of hope, especially during tough times. Despite facing challenges like losing my job several times and the stress of family issues, For me, I get all of my hope from Allah as our creator. My children and family give me hope. My education gives me hope. Dean gives me hope with what he is teaching us . Let’s focus on finding joy and resilience, even in uncertain times. Together, we can move forward with hope. Thanks, Atif
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  10. Eleanor,

    Love the logo!

    Hope does matter. In fact it is the driving force for change. Without hope life ceases to exist.
    Did you know that when a caterpillar goes into it’s cocoon to start the transformation to a buttery it must go through the struggles of the transformation by itself. If it is helped at any point in the process the caterpillar will die and the butterfly will never emerge.

    This is so much like the journey we are all on. Know one can go on the journey for us. If we are to emerge as the person God meant us to be, we must face the journey head on so we can become the butterfly we were meant to be.
    Have a great day!
    You Got This !!!
    CJ

  11. Eleanor, I vividly remember those anti war protests in the 60’s- in fact, I was one of those people taking part in that struggle. ! The fragile state of the world brings us to another moment not unlike that time. Let us look inwardly and draw from that strength to persevere!

  12. Hitting rock bottom can be a powerful catalyst for change. It often serves as a wake-up call, prompting us to reassess our situation, our choices, and our goals. I am sure you can do it.

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