2020 has been a rough year for many. People have lost their jobs. Businesses have shut down. Families were lost. Division and chaos were upon us for months. The worst part is that 2020 isn’t even over yet. Although this has been rough on many, there is and always has been something that has kept humanity fighting through the darkness. There has always been one thing that helped people push through in their lowest point and made better men of them. Hope. Many like to say hope is worthless, but who among us can truly go one day after the other without hope for a better future and not feel dead inside? This post wishes to share and interpret 3 quotes that can help inspire hope in my readers to endure and overcome hardship.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.Confucius
None of us is immune to failure. It would be nice to never have to lose any competitions. Reality will tell you that this is a futile effort. The fear of failure is a fear to live. You’re never going to be the best at everything. Especially if it is something you’ve never done before. There would be no teachers if you could pick something up and excell at it.
Life is full of embarassing defeats and crushing failures, but one must consider that if you win big enough, you can offset those failures. Professional athletes train regularly so they can be ready for the big game. In many of those practice runs, they will routinely mess up, but they make it a point to try again. The grit necessary to accomplish a goal will take many run ins with defeat, so the best thing anyone can do is push harder. Get up and try again.
Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.Saint Augustine
Many will sit and tell you that hope is meaningless. The truth is they are right. If you only rely on hope, nothing will get done. Hope requires the two daughters in order for change to be possible. If you’re not angry enough at your current circumstances, you will likely be too comfortable to act. Most people will simply have one excuse after another to do what is necessary and see their circumstance as a lesser of two evils. They don’t want to get out of their comfort zone because that would require sacrifice.
Sacrifice for something greater is something every human being will struggle with continuously throughout their lives. Sacrifice takes courage. No goal worth accomplishing has ever been completed by a coward. Hope can give you what is necessary to be brave enough to get through your present situation. Nothing is impossible if you go for it.
“A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity, no matter how great, can be overcome.”Matshona Dhliwayo
Life in 2020 has been scary. There have always been times where we had to be our toughest. Times where people were forced to grow and weigh the decisions they make and the habits they maintain. This year was one of sacrifice and gratitude. The great thing about standing strong at our weakest is the fact that one can see where they shine brightest. You can see who your friends are and who leaves when the party’s over.
A rose that can bloom in the desert is a representation of resilience in the heat of our darkest hour. Life is and will be hard for many if not most. That is not a reason to quit. One must strive to fight harder. The best stories are the ones told of bravery in terrible moments and tragic events, not of peaceful, simplistic lives without conflict. Everyone gets tested in life. If one passes the test, they learn more about their own character. Hope gives us the strength to overcome and we may end up better off for it.
That will be all for now. Thanks for stopping by, everyone.