By Nancy Virden (c)2016, 2021
Sitting in a circle with ten of America’s vast array of citizens, I saw wealthy women sharing the same concerns as money-strapped men. Young adults listened with compassion to the elderly. Members of the LGBTQ community received non-judgmental empathy from Christians. Size, race, gender – none of it mattered. We united in a search for solutions to our common problem. Depression, anxiety, and addiction each played roles in our struggles. We shared a sense of hopelessness about life.
The psychologist said, “What if your negative beliefs about the world and yourself can change?”
3. Hope Will Propel You Forward. What if I there is more?
Lack of motivation, low energy, and physical and cognitive slowness are common symptoms of disorders such as major depression. Whether enjoying an overall sense of wellbeing or not, we can choose to live one day, even one moment, at a time. Asking a positive what if opens the door to healing, recovery, and growth.
What if I find help to leave an abusive relationship? What if I learn new skills and land a better job? What if I have value? What if offers hope. The question propels us forward.
Ten years after believing my life held no purpose and there was no escape from a painful cycle, I am a busy mental health advocate and Bible teacher. No longer is there a sense of worthlessness; in its place is gratitude for a second chance. I know joy and fulfillment. Most of all, my hope is no longer misplaced, and centers on the love of God for me.
None of this fit into my negative and hopeless belief system until someone asked, “What if…?” Comments Always Welcome
Today’s Helpful Word
Romans 5: 5
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
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