Everything is Bright and Hopeful

It’s been a hard week for me.

Loneliness, anxiety, fear, and failure are all something we’ll experience at some point in our lives. But today, I was reminded that the darkest moments can actually help us recognize the bright light ahead,..

I read one of my favorite stories this morning. It’s about a woman who’s life turned out very differently than what she wanted or had planned. Despite the things we was lacking, she was optimistic. And she was known for being the happiest person anyone had ever met.

In her home, she had a painting of a young pioneer girl, skipping down a colorful path. The idea of the painting was very different from what reality was often like for the pioneers.

But in this painting, she said, “everything was bright and hopeful.”

She said that there was a moment in her life when she realized what she wanted was never really going to happen. That was a dark time in for her. But when she looked at this painting, it helped her understand that in order to be happy in her circumstances, she had to keep focusing on the wonders and miracles already surrounding her.

That really struck me this morning.

Over the past few years, a lot of things haven’t worked out the way I pictured they would. My heart’s been broken, my dreams were crushed, my faith wavered, but I’ve learned so much. And as I’ve trusted in the path I’ve been re-directed to follow, things have worked out. And I’ve truly been happy.

If I look back on all the disappointments I’ve had in my life, something beautiful has always resulted from it. Everything really has been bright and hopeful. Everything really has been wonderful.

So, today I made a choice to start opening my eyes more, in order to see every experience as bright and hopeful. Because in the end, that’s what it’s always turned out to be.

As human beings, I believe we’ve been designed with an ability to find joy in every circumstance. There is so much to be grateful for, and there are so many ways to find hope.

If your path is lonely right now, lift up that head of yours and

remember, “everything is bright and hopeful.”

Your happy ending starts now.

All my love,

Erin Marie

 

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