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Motivation Mondays: HOPE

31/08/2015

“Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” Robert Green Ingersoll

Motivation Mondays: HOPE

Motivation Mondays: HOPE

What is hope but a feeling of optimism, a thought that says things will improve, it won’t always be bleak, there’s a way to rise above the present circumstances. Hope is an internal awareness that you do not have to suffer forever, and that somehow, somewhere there is a remedy for despair that you will come upon if you can only maintain this expectancy in your heart. Wayne W. Dyer

What does HOPE mean to you? This weekend, two of my favorite inspiring and brilliant authors/teachers passed away. Dr. Wayne Dyer was a motivational speaker/teacher and author of many books including bestsellers;The Power of Intention and Your Erroneous Zone. Dr Oliver Sacks was a neurologist and author whose bestselling book, The Awakenings, was made into an Academy Award nominated movie starring the late Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.  I chose to mention both men, in this piece, because their life’s work gave lots of people – Hope and Encouragement – during their darkest hours. Whether it was a person inspired by Wayne’s speaking engagements or a mental health patient encouraged by Oliver’s expertise, these two great souls spread their light in dark places and gave hope to so many. When I think about the meaning of the Word, Hope, what comes to mind is an unflinching expectation of an outcome that will ease my worries. Sometimes, our outcomes might not be what we hoped for but, because we didn’t give up, our hope had a resonance of success in the face of great challenge. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, defines HOPE as a “desire with expectation of obtainment…to cherish a desire with anticipation.” When you consider this definition, it becomes crystal clear that our motivation to get up and pursue our dreams and goals is fueled by HOPE. We might not think about it that way but it is a key component on the road to personal achievement and resilience.

A Story: The 10th HOPE
When I met Hope Ten, about 15 years ago, I was curious to learn more about her. Aside from the fact that she had a bubbly spirit and a keen wit, she was always ready to her others in the classroom. One day, I suggested an exercise on naming and had each student write and share a vignette (a brief account) on how they got their name. The students were excited because they all claimed they had the best story to share on naming and so they set to work writing their short stories. I set the timer for 15 minutes and, once it went off, they stopped writing and took turns sharing their stories… They were varied, engaging, even amusing stories, and we all laughed, ooh-ed and aah-ed, and clapped as each story was shared. When it was Hope Ten’s turn, she stood up and asked if she could stand in front of the class to share her short story. I agreed. The class grew quiet as her classmates sat up straight, eager to hear how Hope Ten got her name. Hope gave a slight nervous cough and in a steady yet quiet voice, she shared her vignette.

Hope: I am the 10th child of my parents, and the only one born alive. My dad came from a large family of 8 kids and my Mom was an only child. As a child, Mom always wanted siblings but had to be content with cousins and school friends. She had plans to someday have a houseful of her own kids. When my parents got married, they were excited about having their own kids. Mom got pregnant fairly quickly but lost the baby at birth. It was a girl, and my heartbroken parents named her Hope before burying her on the family plot in the local cemetery. Subsequent pregnancies followed and Mom lost every single one; she either miscarried them or had stillbirths. Two almost made it but died at birth. All were girls, all were named Hope, and by the third stillbirth, my Mom added numbers after each Hope.
The loss took a toll on my parents and they gave up when Hope Seven died. They took a much-needed trip away from home and, somewhere along the way, near the Atlantic Shore, they met a lovely lady who asked them if they had any kids. When they shared their woeful story with her, she told them to never give up Hope. ” You will have a child that will live and give you much love and joy into your old age. Don’t give up Hope!’ She said. My parents were encouraged by the stranger they met on vacation. And so, they persevered. Hope 8 and 9 didn’t make it but I, Hope Ten, did. Till this day, my parents remind me that I am the best blessing and gift in their lives and that I should never give up Hope no matter how bad things might seem. I live that advice daily – Don’t Ever Give Up Hope! © Copyrighted By E.Obih-Frank

 

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Desmond Tutu

Motivation Mondays: HOPE

Motivation Mondays: HOPE

Dearest Len,
We have all of us been hoping so intensely that this month would see your return to health; but, alas! this was not to be.

My heart is torn when I hear of your weakness, your misery — and, now, your longing to die. You, who have always loved life, and been such a source of strength and life to so many, can face death, even choose it, with serenity and courage, mixed, of course, with the grief of all passing. We, I, can much less bear the thought of losing you. You have been as dear to me as anyone in this world.

I shall hope against hope that you may weather this misery, and be restored again to the joy of full living. But if this is not to be, I must thank you — thank you, once again, and for the last time, for living — for being you.
Love, Oliver (excerpt from – On The Move: A LIFE by Dr Oliver Sacks. This is a Letter to his dying Aunt Lennie)

What gives you HOPE?  Every day, we get up in anticipation of things to come. Most of us stay expectant for positive outcomes from our actions and effort. Others stay hopeful that a bad turn will result in a good outcome or a good twist of faith. Whichever way we choose to look at it, what stays current is our spirit of expectation and anticipation of an outcome. Hope creates that buffer that allows us to experience our lives while staying expectant that things can only get better. It is for this reason that we are encouraged to practice Affirmations, yoga, prayer or any other tools that help us stay focused, positive and hope-filled. Without hope, we fall into an abyss of sadness and dejection and so Hope is a very powerful motivator in life. If we can see that glimmer of light at the end of a dark tunnel, we have connected with the flame of hope inside of our being. As the letter of hope to Aunt Lennie and The 10th Hope story above have made clear, Do not ever give up hope. When all else fails, Hope can see us through the toughest moments.

A Story: Hope In Sand and Stone…
Two friends were walking through the desert. At some point of the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “Today, my best friend slapped me in the face.” They kept walking, until they found an oasis where they decided to take a bath. The friend who had been slapped got stuck in the mire, and started drowning, the other friend saved him. After he recovered, he wrote on a stone: “Today my best friend saved my life.” The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now you write on stone. Why?” The friend replied, “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.” Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them but an entire life to forget them. “Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.” François de la Rochefoucauld

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for July and August are:
07/06 – FREEDOM
07/13 – WORRY
07/20 – WEALTH
07/27 – GRACE

08/03 – TIME
08/10 – CONTROL
08/17 – PURPOSE
08/24 – FAILURE
08/31 – HOPE

More Below!
“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” Samuel Smiles

Motivation Mondays: HOPE

Motivation Mondays: HOPE

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.Thich Nhat Hanh
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Joseph Addison

What do you HOPE for?  I know that I hope for a better world where everyone has the basics for survival and people are treated with dignity, love and respect. I also know that we must live what we hope for. When we look around us and see others struggling to make sense of the world or struggling to feed their family, raise their kids, find meaningful work, or even get some peace and quiet in their home, we can help by offering encouragement. We can lift each other up in small and large ways. Often, I hear people say “I don’t know what to do. I can’t do this alone!”  Start where you are and do what is feasible for you. Do you know what a difference a smile can make to a person who feels alone in this world?  Do you know what a kind word can do for a Mom who’s had a rough day?  Even that door we hold open for the person behind us in the supermarket, or that dime we give to the lady on the grocery line who doesn’t have enough change, can add a ray of hope to their lives. We can start wherever we are and klieg lights are not required.

A Poem: Always We Hope by Lao Tzu
Always we hope
someone else has the answer,
some other place will be better,
some other time,
it will turn out.

This is it.
No one else has the answer,
no other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.

At the center of your being,
you have the answer:
you know who you are and
you know what you want.

There is no need to run outside
for better seeing,
nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being:
for the more you leave it,
the less you learn.

Search your heart and see
the way to do is to be.
Abide at the center of your being

Read more: Quotes That Give You Hope When You Need It Most Oprah.com
My Own Life – Dr Oliver Sacks
There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem – Dr Wayne Dyer
On The Move: A LIFE – Dr Oliver Sacks
The Power of Unconditional Love: How Oliver Sacks’s Beloved Aunt Shaped His Life and Inspired His Courageous Dance with Death Maria Popova
Restore Your Faith.  – Wayne Dyer

Positive Motivation Tip:  Hope restores our faith in things that might not appear certain and gives us the motivation to trudge on.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Zen Stories via Read.Goodweb,  All Photos: Francesco Guardi, Collecting Lourdes Water, HOPE – Assistants & George F. Watts, Auschwitz & Hope Rose, Pandora’s Box, New Harmony by F Bate, The Golden Age, Berlin Wall, via Wikipedia and/or from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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140 Comments leave one →
  1. The Motivational Team permalink
    31/08/2015 1:27 pm

    I really like your opening thought. It inspires me and lets me not lose hope! I hope some day I would also have a blog like you. Thanks for a wonderful article. I really appreciate your effort. Keep inspiring and motivating. Thanks!

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  2. Masshole Mommy permalink
    31/08/2015 4:47 pm

    I have lots of hope for many different things. I hope my kids grow up to be healthy and happy mainly!

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  3. patricemfosterp permalink
    31/08/2015 6:10 pm

    Hope is sometime all we have to help us or push us on in life. Love to read inspirational Monday article thanks for sharing.

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  4. Liz Mays permalink
    31/08/2015 6:22 pm

    The story of Hope 10 is very powerful. Hope definitely seems to provide motivation when it feels like the odds are against you.

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  5. Claudette Esterine permalink
    31/08/2015 7:04 pm

    When I was younger – numerically and spiritually – I had hope. Now that “I became a [woman]” I have faith. Dr. Dyer taught about the power of intention…that is the way I live my life, from my intentions. Nice post and tribute. Namaste

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  6. Michelle Solee permalink
    31/08/2015 7:28 pm

    Hope is very important because it gives us reason to live. We must believe that better days are yet to come.

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  7. klg1982 permalink
    31/08/2015 7:42 pm

    Awesome inspiration for the start of my week. I really needed it, thanks 🙂

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  8. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    31/08/2015 7:48 pm

    Hope is such an integral part of being happy and finding success in your life. I get my “hope” refueled by interacting with my children and watching them grow and also by doing good deeds for others.

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  9. maggiesblog2 permalink
    31/08/2015 8:07 pm

    I too was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Wayne. He is one who has given hope and help to so many people.

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    • 07/09/2015 9:21 am

      Likewise… I took a course with him at Omega Institute, some years ago, and he was present, loving and brilliant. I have to dig up the photos I took with him. More recently, he joined Louise Hay at the You Can Do It Conference in NYC and he was full of energy… He will be missed.

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  10. satrntgr permalink
    31/08/2015 8:17 pm

    Love this topic – I’m so thankful for hope…helps me get through the day!! 🙂

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  11. 3sonshavei permalink
    31/08/2015 9:18 pm

    I loved that Sand and Stone story!

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  12. Shannon P permalink
    31/08/2015 9:31 pm

    “hope is an anchor for the soul” is something I like to remind myself of. Even when the days are darkest, there is light to be found if you just look for it!

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  13. marly_ms (@mgmhar) permalink
    31/08/2015 9:46 pm

    Hope is a gift from God. And we hold on to it when things get really really tough and depressing.

    Mhar Sefcik

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  14. amayachika permalink
    31/08/2015 10:41 pm

    Today, I am hoping for a heads up. Just to start my September with a productive works and a GOOD VIBES.

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  15. Dominique Goh permalink
    01/09/2015 12:26 am

    Having hope certainly would make the day more meaningful for one

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  16. aurikamatias permalink
    01/09/2015 12:45 am

    This post is amazing! I like reading motivational quotes or personal development. If possible, I would also like to join in your motivation Mondays.

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  17. Sinziana Romanescu permalink
    01/09/2015 1:40 am

    Your Motivation Mondays are so inspiring and I love the images you choose for your post very much!

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  18. Acadiana'sThriftyMom permalink
    01/09/2015 2:32 am

    I love this story of hope! It is so beautiful. 🙂

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  19. 01/09/2015 2:58 am

    Hope is something that makes us feel lighter during our darkest hours. I love both stories! Hope Ten’s is a very inspiring story and I great reminder that we shouldn’t give up hope no matter what.

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    • 07/09/2015 9:23 am

      Yes, we tend to let go so quickly and blame XYZ. If our heart is truly in it, we should stay the course and not give up. There are also times to bless a situation and move on. When that happens, we know it in our hearts that an environment no longer serves us, and it is time to move on…

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  20. leybainpublic permalink
    01/09/2015 4:08 am

    I always hope for a better health and life. As long as I live, my hope will still be inside me.

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  21. daniiturnbull permalink
    01/09/2015 4:26 am

    Hope to me means anything is possible. So sad with Wayne Dyer passing but sure he has work do to somewhere else in the universe!

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  22. mrenkema79 permalink
    01/09/2015 4:51 am

    I hope for a good future for my children!

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  23. tumandok permalink
    01/09/2015 5:29 am

    A person who hopes never worries, never stops achieving the impossible, never leaves anything without attaining them.

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  24. swell conditions permalink
    01/09/2015 6:07 am

    What a great story, never give up hope!

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  25. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    01/09/2015 7:14 am

    There is hope in everything. As long as we are breathing, there is always the chance of hope. We should not be disheartened by everyday set backs. Just pray a lot and hope for the best.

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  26. theconservativemommy permalink
    01/09/2015 8:01 am

    Another great reminder! Hope is so needed!

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  27. Mia Foo permalink
    01/09/2015 8:06 am

    that poem by Lao Tzu is a little too deep for me to fully grasp its meaning, but still beautiful and enlightening.

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  28. Yona Williams permalink
    01/09/2015 8:08 am

    Hope is such a powerful and energizing thing to have and believe in. That’s a nice poem featured here by Lao Tzu.

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  29. upliftingfam permalink
    01/09/2015 8:14 am

    I find my faith gives me the most hope. I know if it wasn’t for my faith, I would have given up a long time ago.

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  30. Norah Salazar permalink
    01/09/2015 8:25 am

    Love the word and idea of HOPE! Great Monday reminder, thanks

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  31. Anne V permalink
    01/09/2015 8:25 am

    When I think of HOPE, I think of Jesus our Savior. All my hope is in Him. I know that no matter what the day may bring, up or down, as long as He’s with me it’ll all be for the good. My hope is refreshed every morning upon being reminded of my Savior. 🙂

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  32. Chef Jay permalink
    01/09/2015 9:02 am

    Very inspiring message on the concept of ‘Hope’. It’s a concept that most people throw out, but don’t truly understand. Hope is a yearning for something we do not yet have, and therefore it is bittersweet – you have something to aim for but something is also lacking.

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  33. Mom Does It All permalink
    01/09/2015 9:10 am

    I love all of the themes for this month. I hope I can find the time to participate. (see what I did there, (hope)). lol. Have a great week!

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  34. Shanéy Maharaj permalink
    01/09/2015 9:11 am

    I’m holding on to hope this week. Had a rough week… 😦 That is a lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Rosey permalink
    01/09/2015 9:31 am

    What gives me hope is twofold. 1). we never get more than we can handle and 2). It’s just a season. 😉

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  36. Ashley Sears permalink
    01/09/2015 9:43 am

    I think without hope, we have no reason to get up each morning. I love the quote about hope and honey.

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  37. Karen Hartzell permalink
    01/09/2015 10:09 am

    I choose to live a positive life, and try to pass on that positivity to my family and others around me. I agree it’s important to be conscious of offering help to others in need.

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  38. 01/09/2015 10:21 am

    I didn’t know that Wayne Dyer passed away, maybe the two of them are putting the universe to rights together now.

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  39. Jeanine permalink
    01/09/2015 1:43 pm

    I hope for many things. Peace in this world is obviously one of them but I really hope my kids grow up to be happy, healthy and loving people who are kind and generous and just all ’round great people!

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  40. beckysbestbites permalink
    01/09/2015 2:21 pm

    As always, your post is inspirational and though provoking!! Hope is so powerful and will keep you going through even rough times.

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  41. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide permalink
    01/09/2015 5:27 pm

    For me, Hope is just not giving up. Sometimes I feel hopeless, but I know if I am still working towards my goals, I am never truly without it.

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  42. SweetMemoirs Page permalink
    01/09/2015 6:09 pm

    If there is something one person should never ever lose, it’s hope.

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  43. rochkirstin permalink
    01/09/2015 6:52 pm

    For me, hope is synonymous to faith. I agree also with Desmond Tutu. It’s when you see light despite all of the darkness. It’s when you stop worrying because you know that everything will be alright.

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  44. Shann Eva permalink
    01/09/2015 6:54 pm

    I hope for a better World for my children to grow up in.

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  45. sinyees permalink
    01/09/2015 8:10 pm

    Hope is always the motivation to keep something going on.

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  46. Jason Panuelos permalink
    01/09/2015 8:18 pm

    Almost more than anything, we always have to have hope. It’s a powerful driving force that can keep us going despite all our problems 😀

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  47. foundfrolicking permalink
    01/09/2015 9:00 pm

    I love the quote at the top. Whether or not someone agrees with it or not, it definitely makes you think about how we look at things!

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  48. 204 Park permalink
    01/09/2015 9:53 pm

    I love your opening quote “Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers” – beautiful! 🙂

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  49. Tara permalink
    01/09/2015 10:10 pm

    My family gives me hope! Thanks for the beautiful reminders!

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  50. Pingerrain permalink
    01/09/2015 11:12 pm

    Every beginning begins with hope. And I know how it is like. Every suffering, every change begins with hope. Without hope, there will be no beginnings. I am currently undertaking a 4 week challenge and just two simple goals, in the midst of my final paper for Uni; and everyday I wake up with hope and go to bed holding on hope and while I am on track on one goal, I am still struggling to begin the other.

    I love the story about Hope Ten and I have a friend who is like her, but she was the 7th kid, but unfortunately, she has a rough life when she was younger. But somehow, she has hope and that transformed her. She is one of my best friend and mentor/inspiration too.

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  51. Tiffany Yong permalink
    02/09/2015 12:13 am

    I was first captivated by the picture with the girl on top of the what I thought was Pandora Box when I first look at the 9 images in the collage. Love the story about Hope Ten. Yes, don’t give up on Hope~

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  52. Stephanie Pass permalink
    02/09/2015 12:15 am

    I always have something to look forward to, something to work on, and these things always give me hope. My children also give me hope as well.

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  53. Franc Ramon permalink
    02/09/2015 2:35 am

    I think Hope is what gets you through the toughest of time. When hope is gone then all is gone.

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  54. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    02/09/2015 2:44 am

    I so LOVED that quote on the beginning though I am afraid of bees 🙂 Inspiring photos as always.

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  55. Crystal (The Imperfect Mom) permalink
    02/09/2015 4:29 am

    Hope is such a simple and inspiring word. Life isn’t much without hope.

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  56. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    02/09/2015 6:00 am

    The rose flower is so beautiful among the photos. If we give hope then we be successful.

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  57. Debbie Denny permalink
    02/09/2015 6:28 am

    Without hope, there are no dreams. No future,

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  58. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows permalink
    02/09/2015 6:30 am

    Some beautiful and truly inspiring stories of hope here.

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  59. msposh2013 permalink
    02/09/2015 6:46 am

    I enjoyed reading all about hope. I have not thought about it much before. thanks

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  60. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    02/09/2015 6:52 am

    I feel if you have hope then nothing is difficult because people without any hope just lose the confidence and trust on anything. Life becomes so miserable.

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  61. Bargain Briana permalink
    02/09/2015 7:03 am

    Hope is thinking about the future and being positive about the future! Thanks for these great reflections!

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  62. Fred permalink
    02/09/2015 7:39 am

    What a beautiful quote this is: “Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” You are already making your honey even if the flowers are not there yet. You trust that they will come, and the Lord will definitely provide. – Fred

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  63. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    02/09/2015 8:22 am

    WOW. I cannot imagine birthing 9 children in death and having the 10th live. Amazing story! HOPE! Lots to think about!

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  64. Raquel permalink
    02/09/2015 10:08 am

    I really need this topic in my life right now. Hope is what keeps me and everyone going, even though things are hard.

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  65. Gilliannong.com permalink
    02/09/2015 10:08 am

    Hope is such an important factor in our lives.. I feel if we don’t have hope.. we go nowhere.

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  66. Maria Lianos-Carbone (@amotherworld) permalink
    02/09/2015 10:09 am

    Sad to hear of Dr. Dyer and Dr. Sacks as well. Without hope, how could we continue to live in this insane world?

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  67. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    02/09/2015 10:30 am

    A poemm Always We Hope by Lao Tzu is very moving. Sometimes hope can be misleading but it is always important to hope.

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  68. 02/09/2015 12:43 pm

    What beautiful stories of hope, Elizabeth! I always love reading your blog, it’s such an inspiration. And sometimes, exactly what I needed to hear at that very moment that I stopped by 🙂

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  69. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    02/09/2015 1:43 pm

    To me Hope is something that I wanted to and work for it. I will not just hope but also will put action so that my hope can be materialize. Life gives me hope as long as i alive i have hope and I will keep moving forward.

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  70. thequietgrove permalink
    02/09/2015 2:45 pm

    love this post. Hope is soooo important.

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  71. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    02/09/2015 2:46 pm

    Hope gives us something to hold onto especially on toughest times.

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  72. livingoffloveandcoffee permalink
    02/09/2015 3:28 pm

    Hope is something very important that people should have.

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  73. Yvonne Bertoldo permalink
    02/09/2015 5:39 pm

    “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” When everything I do seem to fail, I just pray to God that He strengthen my belief and hope that it happens for a reason and that someday I’ll eventually be successful too.

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  74. enzo permalink
    02/09/2015 7:28 pm

    When all seems vague and dark. When everything seems to just wrong. We should never lose hope.

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  75. Cebuana Mom (@cebuanamom) permalink
    02/09/2015 8:40 pm

    As long as there is hope, humanity is preserved. It’s that distinctive light at the end of a dark tunnel.

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  76. Ashley permalink
    02/09/2015 9:34 pm

    Wow, Hope Ten’s story is incredibly heartbreaking but literally so full of hope simultaneously. I’ve lost 6 babies to early miscarriage, so I can somewhat relate to her mother. But never a stillbirth. I can’t imagine!

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  77. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    03/09/2015 1:34 am

    This is a great story about Hope 10 and it just shows us all how we should never give up hope of what we want. Hope is a powerful feeling in everyone’s life. As long as we have hope we have life is my believe. I hope to be the best I can be for others in my life. Thanks for sharing this awesome inspiration. .

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  78. Nova permalink
    03/09/2015 8:03 am

    Hope is a very powerful word, that gives us the ability to work or live life more than we expected it to be because of that word

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  79. What Fatemah Say's permalink
    03/09/2015 8:59 am

    The story of 10th hope was such an inspiration Liz. Keeping your hopes high and being optimistic is very important in life,

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  80. 03/09/2015 5:29 pm

    Stay tuned! Comments are I’m moderation and will be posted soon. Thank you! 🙂

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  81. asbestrecipes permalink
    03/09/2015 10:27 pm

    In my opinion we should always have hope and also hope for the best thanks for making awareness about hope.

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  82. Shann Eva permalink
    04/09/2015 6:40 am

    I think hope is such an important thing to have. Without it, what is the point?

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  83. Urvi permalink
    04/09/2015 7:00 am

    My mom use to say “world is surviving on hope”. And I really feel that hope is one factor to lead you towards your goal.

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  84. Sojourner Williams permalink
    04/09/2015 4:36 pm

    Hope is such a powerful quality. it’s that unwavering belief that everything is going to be alright, no matter what. Holding out for optimism, waiting for the light .

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  85. Ling Tan permalink
    04/09/2015 6:43 pm

    I hope for health and peace for my loved ones. This post rings so true, lose hope and really, we lose ourselves.

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  86. Farrah permalink
    05/09/2015 2:06 am

    I am definitely hoping for some peace in our lives soon. It has been a trying summer!

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  87. HopscotchNjb permalink
    06/09/2015 1:19 am

    we should always have hope and also hope for peace for our friends and love ones, I love this pots Hope was really important

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  88. Melissa Ungco permalink
    06/09/2015 9:31 am

    I love this! It really is hope that keeps us alive and well…. living for something. Right now, I’m hoping for a better government for our country. 🙂

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  89. M from The Stay-at-Home Life permalink
    06/09/2015 4:37 pm

    Hope is so important to have in any situation in life.

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  90. Chin chin permalink
    06/09/2015 7:45 pm

    Love the story of Hope Ten. It reminds us not to give up no matter what challenge comes our way. As the psalmist says, “why so downcast o my soul, put your hope in God.”

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  91. Mommy Maye permalink
    07/09/2015 1:39 am

    I am hoping for my mother. She’s currently sick and I can’t stand seeing her like that. I am also hoping I can accept her condition. Because this is not the way I want her to spend the rest of her life. I know God has a purpose for this. I trust Him.

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  92. Sarah Tan | Elgarmummy.com permalink
    07/09/2015 6:33 am

    I’ve never thought of asking my students why their parents have given them their names. Interesting. I am glad Hope Ten’s parents did not give up, but to lose 9 children is devastating!

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  93. theresa permalink
    07/09/2015 7:22 am

    HOPE – This is my word for the day. I am hoping that everything will fall out into place. I’m just so stressed right now and I need a break!

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  94. Lexie Lane permalink
    07/09/2015 12:28 pm

    Is a wish the same as hope? I hope for a lot of things. I hope for peace. I hope I can get all my work done on time. I hope for my son to grow to be a good person. I hope for … so much.

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  95. Marissa Bulatao (@MommyUnwired) permalink
    07/09/2015 11:00 pm

    Hope makes me anticipate for something wonderf!

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  96. sikat101 permalink
    08/09/2015 3:52 am

    I always have hope. I hold on to that. Hope does a lot of positive things to the spirit. It keep us alive! -katrina centeno

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  97. Mark Villar permalink
    08/09/2015 6:47 am

    I guess people are living for hope. No matter how good or bad their situation is still every person needs hope.

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  98. Grace permalink
    08/09/2015 6:57 pm

    Hope is what we all have left for our country. May our nation have accomplishments next time, next president than just hope. 🙂

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  99. JanzCrystalz/January permalink
    08/09/2015 8:58 pm

    No matter how difficult the situation is, there is always HOPE at the end of the road. That’s what I believe.

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  100. Sarah permalink
    08/09/2015 9:11 pm

    I remember a line from one of my favorite characters in a tv show, “In the darkness, hope is something you give yourself.” Thanks for this post. I am reminded to always have hope and never give up.

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  101. Mommy Anna permalink
    09/09/2015 5:49 pm

    HOPE is a powerful thing for a motivation

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  102. nilyncartagena permalink
    09/09/2015 8:08 pm

    We need hope in order to pursue life. I have so many hopes not only for myself but most especially for the people I love and care about. 🙂

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  103. Melgie permalink
    11/09/2015 5:02 am

    HOPE is very strong motivational word, because of HOPE we learn how to be strong and believe in our self that everything has something to look forward too. Great post Sis

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  104. Khimbyrlee Aspacio Camingue permalink
    04/10/2015 8:25 am

    I just got back from being haitus and after reading this I see light at the end of the tunnel. You always give inspiring monday posts. 🙂 Thank you. :*

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  105. Michelle Mink (@lovemichelle89) permalink
    17/03/2016 9:20 pm

    i am so happy that Hope Ten made it and that the parents didn’t give up. that must be so heartbreaking to lose 9 babies

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