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The Top 5 Ways to Overcome Hopelessness
We have all faced in some point in our lives where we felt that there was no way out of a situation, or we had a feeling of wanting to give up. This is what hopelessness is all about. It pulls us down like magnets into the pit of despair.
What makes a person resilient? In studies of children who have come from abusive home situations and then have gone on to lead successful and happy lives, almost all found an adult or mentor outside the immediate family. They also found a grandmother, a minister or some loving person to help them. They knew someone who gave them a sense of being loved and important.
During World War II, Dr. Victor Fankel was imprisoned by the Nazis because he was a Jew. His wife, children, and parents were all killed in the Holocaust. At one point, the prison guards cut his wedding band off his finger. Frankel said to himself, “You can take away my wife and children, you can strip me of my clothes and my freedom, but there is one thing no person can ever take away from me- and that is my freedom to choose how I will react to what happens to me.”
Before the Civil War, Edmund McIlenny operated a Sugar plantation and a saltworks on Avery Island, Louisiana. Yankee troops invaded the area in 1863 and McIlenny had to flee. When he returned in 1865, his sugar fields and saltworks were ruined. One of the few things left were some hot Mexican peppers that had reseeded themselves in the kitchen garden. McIlenny, who was living hand to mouth, started experimenting with the ground peppers to make a sauce that would liven up his dull diet. His newfound sauce is known today as Tabasco sauce. To this day, over a hundred years later, the McIlenny Company and its Tabasco business is still run by the McIlenny family.
What common thread runs through these three articles? They all faced hopelessness, but each situation they found a way to win over it, and survive.
That is what you need to do, and here are 5 ways to do just that:
- Turn to someone who can help you with your hopelessness. Like the children did in the first example, look for a friend; an uncle or aunt. Maybe it could be an old high school buddy. Seek-out the ones who made you laugh. Find the ones who liked to listen to you and not talk. Someone you can trust. Look for the ones who can advise you, and not judge you.
- Decide that no matter what happens you will not let the situation overcome you. Never give up!! Never ever give up!!
- If something bad happens use it to create something good. Open new doors. Check out new paths. Think of another way to get to your goal.
- Write your hurts in the sand and your happiness in cement. Never let past negative events control your future. They are gone, and the future is still there.
- Do something outlandish! Go on a trip you never thought you could go on. Take on a new project that you always wanted to try. Be adventurous! This will let your mind go in another direction. It will push your negative thinking away and fill your mind with something more pleasant.
Try what I did and turn all your hopelessness over to God. He has the biggest shoulders in the universe. I have faced hopelessness many times in my past. When I left the trials on God’s doorstep, the feeling I had after I released my physical and mental pain is something that everyone should experience. God knows your hurts and pain. He just wants you to seek Him for help and He will be there with open arms.