How to find hope in times of despair.

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It’s no secret that the gift of life is a crazy lil’ thing. You experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. It’s filled with memorable moments, both good and bad. It’s filled with moments that make you feel as if you are the king [or queen] of the world, but also moments that make you feel as if you may never survive to see another day.

Getting through the hard times is not always an easy task for everyone. There may be some extenuating circumstances that make getting through the hard times, hard. I’m no stranger to the hard times – I am thankful that the things I have gone through weren’t too earth-shattering – that’s for certain. But, I’ve definitely been tested, especially lately.

I’ve taken the time to read scripture, to find my faith in times that I began to doubt it. I’ve gone outside and admired the world around me. I’ve listened to music. I’ve gone on walks. I’ve taken stress out at the gym. I’ve read inspirational quotes and stories. I’ve tried to distract myself from all that was going on around me.

All this is fine and dandy, but the best thing I’ve done is the one thing that just about anyone will tell people never to do – relive the past.

I’ve found that looking back on the good times that I’ve had has helped me the most. That reliving these memories of happier times made me thankful for the happier times I’ve had. That conversing with friends about “Do you remember that one time when…” has brought us all together. Memories never fade – you just have to take the time to cherish them.

The downs are aspects of your life that will never go away – distracting yourself will not help you. Without the hard times, we wouldn’t learn how to push forward, how to get stronger, how to persevere. After being down, the only way to go is up!

How everyone gets through these times is different – no two people will cope the same way. But it is important to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Happier times are ahead. You should be thankful for your life and stop taking the little things for granted. One day, you may be left wishing you had the little things back.

What helps you get through the hard times? xoxo.