Finding Hope and Joy

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There was a survey conducted recently that showed 57% of the respondents reporting “significant stress” about negative news reporting. There’s always been negativity in the world but it seems magnified to me lately. To someone undergoing “extreme stress” (loss of job, family issues, health problems) finding hope is, forgive me, “a joke.”

In order to move forward in your life, you need a hopeful attitude and Dr. Rosalind Tompkins founder of the National Month of Hope ( April) ) says that ” finding hope in everyday challenges is the first step in creating a solution. Here are some of her tips:

  • Take a hope break.  Schedule 5 minute “hope breaks”  in your normal day. Find a quiet place and breathe in and out and think about good things happening instead of the worst scenarios.
  • Set goals. Surround yourself with happy people who believe in you.
  • Volunteer in your community or Church. Try reading to children or helping in a town-sponsored food pantry.
  • Have a chat with someone who is in need of hope.
  • Rather than “woe is me” share some hope signs from your life.

Karen Kingsbury (best-selling Christian author) wrote on her blog recently some ideas to help us.

  1. Read a book (not necessarily one of her’s!)
  2. Call a friend.
  3. Play a game with your family.
  4. Take a walk in the sunshine.
  5. Hug more.
  6. Journal (where have I heard that before??)
  7. Do one thing each day to make someone else’s life better.

Her final comments on the post were:

” Life isn’t perfect. But if we don’t determine to choose joy, we can actually lose entire seasons worrying, fretting, riddled with anxiety. Days and weeks pass with nothing but bickering to mark our moments.

CHOOSE JOY.”

Have a joy-filled day,

~Sallie

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Word Ghosts and Hope

“I rise. I rise. I rise.”                           Maya Angelou

“One world at a time.”                       Henry David Thoreau

“If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.”

Clement of Alexandria (3rd Century Saint)

 

Courage and Hope

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following 8 Courage and Hope Sayings “article” was given to me years ago on retreat. I kept it in my journal and want to share it with you. Please feel free to share.

~Sallie

 

Courage…

does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,”I will try again tomorrow.”

Courage…

is not the absence of fear. Courage is the presence of fear with the willingness to face it.

Courage…

is moving into the unknown. It is leaving the past and allowing the future to be.

Take courage…

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. (Joseph Campbell)

Stress is…

an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Breathe. You have everything you need.

Hope …

is knowing that you are greater than anything that will ever happen to you.

Do not pray…

for courage… for God has already given it to you. Pray instead to receive the courage that is living within you right now.

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Easter

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I believe the following best expresses my wishes for you. Interestingly enough, this card has been the most requested.

~Sallie

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You may reach Sallie at uniquelyyourscraftjournal@outlook.com

 

 

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