Hope: Looking Forward to a Brighter Future

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“If there is hope in the future, there is literally power in the present.” Zig Ziglar

Given the enormity of 2020, you can be forgiven, in part, for thinking that there is little hope left for the future. Millions of people lost their lives in 2020. The pandemic continues to rage. Black and minority voices struggle to be heard. Millions have been affected by natural disasters – homeless, jobless, hopeless.

Claiming back the power of that then-present allowed me to live in my present of today.Yet 2021 does give us hope for a brighter future as we move forward. Vaccines are beginning to emerge in the fight against COVID-19. 2020 shone a spotlight on the issues surrounding black and minority voices and started a long overdue conversation. In the wake of natural disasters, many stepped up, and continue to do so, to offer a place to live, a job, financial support. Even in the depths of despair and the darkest moments, hope relentlessly pushes through.

When I was in the darkest moments of an abusive relationship, I began to think that things would never change. I would never “get out.” I would never find the courage to help myself. I was too weak. Yet, despite this, I never lost hope. Regardless of what was happening in my external world, that little thing called hope refused to be extinguished inside of me. Hope finally overcame the hopeless. The present that I am living today, nearly six years on, was once unimaginable in my future of the past. Claiming back the power of that then-present allowed me to live in my present of today. I have so much to be thankful for, despite the turbulence of current world events and my own personal battles which continue to impact me on an emotional and physical level. Because I have hope. Some call it a “glass half full” attitude. I call it taking control of my past, present, and future.

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Whatever you are trying to achieve in 2021 – or trying to quit – do not lose hope. Do not give up your power of the present. Your future self will thank you.

Last Updated on January 10, 2021

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