I just started reading, one of my Christmas gifts, “The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. I am extremely thankful that I can read, have the privilege to write here, that I can experience many more fulfilling, uplifting moments of life and that I can continue to live and to hope. I would like to share the following from this book: “The ultimate source of happiness is within” Dalai Lama. “We grow in kindness when our kindness is tested” Desmond Tutu.
I am reminded by the above quotes that I must continuously strive to find happiness within, in order to grow in kindness even in these trying times! Further the quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero “while there’s life, there’s hope” makes me ponder about the notion of hope. Can it be said that hope is alive when the ultimate source of happiness is within and therefore we can grow in kindness when our kindness is tested? We are here, it is the year 2021 and many of us are living in fear, fear for our lives, fear for what today, tomorrow and our future will bring. Can the notion of hope help us erode some of our fears and challenges? I believe it can, but we have to put hope into action!
Whilst there are opportunities, there is hope. The virus created so many problems, however there is the opportunity for positive change. It also brought about economic decline and I have to hope and believe that less can be more. We can determine how we going to react to our situation that has come about very suddenly. I don’t always feel okay about this life but I cannot allow the caprices of the pandemic to take away the concept of hope. We have to find reasons to be hopeful. Whilst we hope for the fast efficient rolling out of the vaccines, we can take back control by helping to slow the spread of the virus by practicing good hygiene, wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
Living in this time is not ideal, but we have to put hope into action so that we can conquer our fears, appreciate what we have in order to live our lives to the fullest. The pandemic brought about world-wide challenges. Now more than ever I have to cling and hold on to hope as we’re presented with these challenges. I know that this can be beneficial and will help with the strengthening of our minds and hearts.
The following quotes from Suga, BTS, give me more reasons to be hopeful and I wish it could be for you as the reader too:
“Life is tough, and things don’t always work out well, but we should be brave and go on with our lives.
“Emotions are so different in every situation and every moment, so I think to agonize every moment is what life is.”
As the sun sets there’s hope for a new tomorrow and with sunrise comes a new day, allowing for more reasons to be hopeful.