You might ask what a Health Coach is doing talking about Hope vs Despair. It’s not too many years ago that I had a decision to make. It seemed like a BIG decision at the time. Why? I was sick, had no energy, and felt like all of my life’s dreams were crumbling around me. Not only that, but I have to remind myself of this periodically. I am still in the growth process, just as you and the person next to you are.
At the time I knew that I could either fight for my health, or give up and let whatever it was continue and “get the best of me.” It was beginning to pull me away from my friends, my involvement in life, and my usual optimist way of thinking, which by the way I had worked at years before. Another post for another time.
Often there is a tendency to give in to despair when our health is suffering. This leads to all sorts of nastiness in our lives. Despair shows itself by sadness, feeling empty, negativity, distrust, complacency, lack of ambition, and the list goes on. This then leads to more complex health related issues. Now keep in mind that I have not done a ton of research on this topic. I am purely speaking from my own experience.
When I grabbed onto the opposite of despair, I began to have a tiny glimmer in my being that there was some way out. Call it what you will, but I call it God who placed the glimmer in me, because I’d been praying that something would change. That glimmer was hope. Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.
Despair is a feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will improve, the complete absence of hope. I’m done, that’s it, there’s nothing more. This is a very dark place to be in.
Once I allowed myself to reach out and try something I hadn’t tried before it was scary. Would it work? Could the individual be trusted? Could I trust myself to follow through? These were all valid questions, yet I knew that I needed to try. I knew that in trying I was not giving up, and knowing I was not giving up created more hope. I truly believe that hope is a fuel for good living!
In the end my situation didn’t change in order for me to have hope. Instead it was the other way around. I had to have hope in order for my situation to change. Then I could put into place the necessary things to bring about that change. After hope moved in to my being, I could then start to believe the best.
Psalm 27:3 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
It is my hope and prayer that you are entertaining the options that are available to you in order to improve your health and wellness. There is ALWAYS something that can be done. Don’t give in to despair my friend!
If you would like to speak one on one to me about your options, go ahead and book your Clarity Call now. If you would like to have me speak to your group, please do so through information provided on this website. I would love to talk with you!
I’m here for you.