January 21, 2019
The Healing Power of Infinite Hope
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I love this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. To me, it embodies all that is great and noble about human beings. Yes, we do suffer disappointments. Yet, we also have the capacity to rebound from those setbacks and make even greater progress afterward. It isn’t how often or how much we stumble that matters in the long run but how we pick ourselves up and move on from there.
Many of us know firsthand how painful loss eats away at our soul. When we lose someone dear to us, our hearts can feel like they’re breaking, and we wonder if we’ll ever heal from the anguish and crushing pain.
Having lost quite a few close family members and good friends, I can attest to the weight of the burden of pain. I also know that when others with all good intent offer platitudes about time will heal all wounds, there is a grain of truth in what they say – even though it seems small comfort at the time.
What I do know is this: when we are disappointed, it doesn’t last. That is, it won’t last if we do something about it.
We all can relate, for example, to wanting to hold ourselves accountable for a costly mistake, error, misstep, unfortunate turn of events or failure to achieve. That might provide temporary balm, as in acknowledging our part to take responsibility for the act, but it won’t allow us to get past the hurt until we make a conscious choice to learn from the mistake. That’s how disappointment is finite.
Where does infinite hope come in? I am a staunch believer in the power of possibility.
For every bad thing that happens – to me, to those around me, to society in general – I know that there is an even greater potential for good things to occur.
In fact, I actively look for them, for in the process of doing so, the negativity attached to the bad thing tends to recede, replaced by the buoyancy and uplifting goodness of that which is positive.
There is also no darkness that can withstand the light. When light shines into dark corners, it illuminates that which would remain hidden.
Sometimes this means we have to take a close look at our own attitudes and decide to change outmoded, inaccurate and unreliable beliefs. This is opening ourselves up to the healing power of change.
Not that change comes without effort. Nor that change necessarily is without pain. For both inevitably have to transpire for growth to ensue. Therein lies the healing power of infinite hope.
As long as we live, we have hope. Treasure that and embrace hope when disappointment darkens our day, for only hope will make way for goodness to ensue.
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