Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hope for Better Days

Positive Thoughts for This Evening

A Couple Uplifting Quotes

These past few days have proven to be some of the worst and most difficult I have had in a while. They have left me feeling hopeless and low. All I want to do is turn this cycle around and wake up tomorrow feeling optimistic, positive, and ready to face the world with a smile. I am not sure how to go about doing this. Everything that has transpired over the course of the last few days can't be changed, fixed, or undone. How do we lift ourselves up when we are so deep in our own sadness and terrible thoughts? As always I look to others for advice and words of wisdom in the form of quotes. If I can't find the words to convince myself that things will get better and that life can turn around then maybe there is someone else out there who can. I have chosen two quotes for us to consider tonight. The first refers directly to what mentioned earlier regarding past mistakes-

"If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."

- Mary Pickford

I chose Pickford's words tonight because they offer me a sense of condolence. Yes I have made errors and things have gone wrong but I do not need to stay in this darkness forever. Tomorrow is a new day and if I choose there is the hope that I can turn this around. I can see the light, beauty, and hope that surrounds me and embrace it. I can't change what has happened but I can forgive myself and I can forgive those who have hurt me. These past few days have totally sucked but I don't have to let the negativity linger on. I have sulked and punished myself for it enough. Tomorrow is another chance for me to get up, start fresh, and keep living.
I included this next quote mostly because it directly related to the title of this entry-

"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

When we feel down and are drowning misery or sorrow it's hard to hold onto the hope that good things and feelings will ultimately come our way. But this hope is crucial because without it we cannot cope with present negative feelings and situations. The only to survive the rough times is to truly believe that tomorrow can and will be a better day. Sadness, anger, regret, and frustration are all negative feelings. As bad as it feels to experience them this is one great thing about them- they come and go. We will not be sad or pained forever. We have been happy, excited, and joyful before and we will be happy again. We need to hold on to this fact and remember that happiness will find us because it has before. Tonight as I sit in my room and try to figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my evening I am going to try my hardest to think about these two quotes and allow them to ruminate within my mind. These past days have been awful but I can't lost of sight of future opportunities for happiness or lose my hope for better days.

Best wishes for a good night and a better tomorrow,

My first step toward a better tomorrow- these cheerful pretty poppies!


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