“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.” ~ Nelson Mandela
Hope and Fear have equal amounts of power, how much each has in your life is up to you…
“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.“
Strange as it may seem on the surface of things, hope is every bit as strong and powerful as fear, and hope is every bit as prevalent as fear. No really, it’s true. Hope is everywhere and as widespread as fear is, it’s just that media would rather have you believe that fear rules all.
Why fear instead of hope? Well, the major reason would be the belief that power can use fear to control – control the masses, control authority, control anything that may question the status quo. Hope, on the other hand, questions. Hope challenges. Hope sees other ways and Hope defies the status quo in favor of other possibilities. Hope is the start of change and change is what those who live by and for fear actually fear (oh, the irony, but FDR’s “The only thing we have to fear is fear Itself.” is based on something).
Society on the whole is fear-based (hello news media and quickly accessed social media) and rooted in the spread of negative fear-mongering. That said, the best way to bring about change and challenge this notion of fear being everywhere, is to instead spread hope. And one starts to do this by choosing hope. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right?!
Okay, okay, I hear your groans (and not just at my pun) and I do totally get it. Switching from one seemingly ubiquitous mindset to a different, opposite one isn’t exactly easy, but it’s not impossibly difficult either. It’s just a matter of recognition and practice. You begin by recognizing the fear-based thinking and patterns and then you start replacing them in your own mind and actions with hope-based ones instead.
It’s a process, but one that will quickly generate a flood of positive reactions. Yes, there will be some push-back (this is a fear-based society remember) but it’s perfectly okay to slip back into fear. The more you recognize it and then actively look for hope, the more the fear will lose it’s hold on you. The real trick is to be perceptive and notice when and why you are feeling fear and to see where and how you can bring hope to it as the main feeling instead.
This new pattern making and thought-processing based in hope instead of fear is one I’ve been cultivating for awhile now. These past few years have made it a necessity for me and for my well-being. By actively basing my life and my choices in hope, not fear, I am taking control of ME and I’m much more able to cultivate the life I want and desire, which in turn means I’m able to spread hope beyond me and into the World. I’m doing my best, despite the onslaught of negative, to have my choices and actions reflect hope and not fear and I wish the very same for you. We, all of us, are worth lives filled with hope and by choosing it for ourselves first we will then be able to do what we can to aide others and spread hope everywhere. Remember, it’s power, your power, to pick hope over fear and to have your choices reflect it!
Namaste ~ Ella
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