Hope

C.S. Lewis: ‘Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin and decay. But look for Christ and you will find him, and with him everything else thrown in.’

It can be very difficult to retain hope in the face of overwhelming negative circumstances, especially when forced to confront painful treatments with uncertain outcomes. Therefore, it is vital to choose a perspective that produces hope.  Nothing good is likely to come out of adopting a negative perspective. But, if one chooses to look at things through a ‘hopeful’ perspective, the same scenario can appear very different. As a Christian, I believe in miracles and life after death. From that perspective, nothing is ever hopeless. Faith, combined with belief, produces an unstoppable force in the form of hope. Miracles can and do happen, so why not you? And what is there to be afraid of if we have eternity to look forward to in a far better place? Furthermore, I strongly believe in the power of the mind to adapt, endure and overcome. The race is never over, until it’s finally over.

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