For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
–Anne Morrow Lindbergh
A Life Jacket of Hope
For me, hope was my life jacket as I floated in a vast sea of depression. It is a miserable experience to float in a vast sea of depression, all on your own, no land in sight, sharks of despair circling nearby.
…Sometimes, the life jacket that holds you up seems more of a curse than a blessing. Only once you have found your way to land are you sure that your life jacket had a purpose. Thankfully, my life jacket, my hope, served a purpose. My hope for a healthy future filled with love and meaning has become my reality through hard work, tenacity, and the grace of God. For that I am profoundly grateful.
Gratitude, I believe, is hope that has evolved. As soon as I left the ocean, I dropped my life jacket on the beach. I no longer needed it the way I had. But what surrounds me now and helps me navigate the earth is gratitude. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for my life and thankful that hope kept me afloat.
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