When all seems lost

Hope seems to get lost a lot. It’s easy to accidentally kick it under the bed or lose it in the couch cushions. I found mine once in a pile of dirty laundry. I’m not quite sure how that happened. It must have been the day I was changing the sheets on my bed and kicked my shin one too many times. But I found it soon after a good cry and a pick-me-up pep talk with a blueberry muffin.

Hope hides the best when the sorrows get too big and the problems pile up one after the other. One problem isn’t all that bad to face. We face those all the time. But when things keep adding up and we become loaded down with more and more difficulties, that’s when hope slips away.

But don’t get too discouraged. Hope can be found. It’s never that far away. I discovered if I pause for a moment and rest my thoughts, hope comes out of hiding all on its own. Sounds impossible, I know. But it’s not. You are never wading too deep in your struggles and never have too many problems for hope to completely disappear for good.

Hope is that little ray of light that you see in the darkest of nights. It’s that tiny whisper that says “everything is going to be okay.” It’s that moment of calm in the middle of a raging storm.

If you have lost your hope, pause for a moment; set aside every pain, sorrow, difficulty and struggle as you reflect on the joys, blessings, and smiles around you. We all have them, those precious things in life that make our hearts come alive. When you take time to reflect on those things is when hope comes out of hiding and begins to grow deep inside you.

Never believe, even for a moment, that you aren’t valued or needed, because you are. Pause and rest as you reflect on all those precious things in your life that truly matter. It could be things from days gone by, people who make you smile, or thoughts of completing something exciting on your bucket list.

It’s never too late to do something amazing and your are never too disabled to give up on a dream. There is always hope.

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About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

18 replies
  1. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    Well, not being a religious person, the praying thing is not for me… but however, I just KNOW that hope springs eternal, forever. Hold on to it with all your strength – it’s worth it! Life’s too short anyway, don’t waste it on despair!!

  2. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Well written Penelope hope is important to live by whether you’re sick or healthy. I live on the hope that I stay alive as long as possible and don’t let MS stand in my way. Somewhere there is a miracle to happen and my hope is in that to.
    Also the kids at mainly music give me a hope that no one can take away. I believe that we should hope on real things and not on fantasies that can lose it as soon as so as it is claimed.
    We are living in the real world as much as all the other people and we all have some hope for ourselves or others.

  3. indulge
    indulge says:

    Thankyou Penelope. Your words are always empowering. You do a wonderful job and I shall always be grateful for the encouragement you provide.

  4. Irene Roeder
    Irene Roeder says:

    I am so grateful for you wonderful people. Since I have been following on Twitter I have felt Hope. It is sometimes very hard not to loose it for ever. Thank you for all the encouragement.

  5. Joy
    Joy says:

    Good morning,
    Hope is always very close I agree with you on. stop and just take a moment to see all the good that is around and has been in your life… But yet at times it’s hard for me to pull my self out.. The key is to keep trying and the next thing you know it’s apart of you.. and struggle is gone and hope is always there..
    Thanks for sharing..
    I just can’t wait to see this in my in box you are a very gifted and a really good support person with the words you write.

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