I am so excited to present the next distinguished guest in my series of guest posts, brought to you on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Thank you, Amy Oestreicher, for sharing your message of hope, practical tips, and humor for the readers here at Walks with Spirit.
This article is (c)copyright Amy Oestreicher, and published with permission from the author.
10 Inspiring Ways to Keep Your Hope Alive
In difficult times, it’s hard to keep up hope. But it’s the hope that gets us through to the other side. When we hope, we suddenly feel less alone, in our ever-unfolding narrative.
You can look through history books, cartoon heroes, and the people in your own life for inspiring examples of hope in action. Hope is the tiny promise we make to ourselves that one day, things will get better. Here are five ways that have inspired me to keep my own hope alive.
1.) Try to see the good in circumstances It wasn’t easy, but when stuck in hospitals throughout 27 traumatic surgeries, I kept a gratitude list so I could remember that there was still good in my life. It helped me see things differently. What is the opportunity in your obstacle?
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
― Martha Washington
2.) Try to see the good in others. This is an amazing rarely-seen TED talk by Victor Frankl – a holocaust survivor – on why we see the good in others. If he can, you can too.
3.) Scrapbook your rejections. Everything’s better in retrospect – or in a scrapbook. Check out these rejection letters sent to famous people.
4.) Think small. Take one day at a time. You don’t have to climb the entire set of…oh well I thing Martin Luther King Jr. said it best:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
Of course, I’m also partial to this:
5.) Take a break. And then start again. I’ve had times where I thought I’d reached the “triumphant ending” of my journey…just to land back in the hospital. Slips are okay. You can always get back on. Don’t be discouraged by little setbacks. Take a minute to catch your breath. And then try again.
6.) Have courage: “Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
7.) Keep going: Don’t ask when things will “get better” or “get prettier” or “be easier.” Just keep plugging along and trust.
“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.”
8.) Make a mantra: When the weather’s beautiful out, I love taking nature walks and reciting this mantra to myself: breathe in experience, breathe out your story – Breathe in. When you exhale – what is that truth you are aching to express today?
9.) Read a children’s book: Does anyone remember this book? All it is is white splotches – clouds – and it’s up to you to decide what shapes these “clouds” are taking. Children’s books make stories out of anything even white splotches! There’s nothing like a kid’s book to get your mind thinking like a storyteller. Pick a good kiddie read and find the adventure and hope in your own life.
10.) Send a card just because: Snail-mail. Ah, how I miss it. I love sending cards because, well, they give me an excuse to write! With a pen – how old fashioned. Today, send a card to a friend, just because. Thank them for the impact they’ve made on your life – big or small. In doing so, you’ll share with them how they’ve become part of your story. And connections give us hope!
That is what I learned through my life experience so far – not knowing where you’re going, but enjoying each step of the way.
And when you enjoy every step…
…You create hope.
How will you create hope today?
Amy Oestreicher is a 28 year old actress, musician, teacher, composer, dancer, writer, artist, yogi, foodie, and general lover of life. Surviving and thriving through a coma, 27 surgeries and other trauma has inspired Amy to share her story with the world through her passionate desire to create and help others. Piecing her life together after her initial dreams of performing musical theatre took on a beautiful detour into broader horizons. Amy has written, directed and starred in a one woman musical about her life, Gutless & Grateful, has flourished as a mixed media and acrylic artist, with her art in multiple galleries and mounting dozens of solo art shows, and continues to share her story through her art, music, theatre and writings. She is now traveling across the country leading workshops on transforming obstacles into opportunities. More information on her unique story, as well as her creative ventures can be found at amyoes.com, and visit her blog for her newest art, music and inspirational musings. You can also visit her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllspiceandAcrylics?ref=hdr_shop_menu
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