“Belief and expectation — the key elements of hope — can block pain by releasing the brain’s endorphins and enkephalins, mimicking the effects of morphine. In some cases, hope can also have important effects on fundamental physiological processes like respiration, circulation and motor function.”
Shane Lopez, author of the new book “Making Hope Happen,” … emphasize that hope is not about positive thinking. Hope is half optimism, Lopez explains. The other half is the belief in the power that you can make it so.
There is a profound difference between hoping and wishing, he continues. Wishing encourages passivity, whereas hope represents an active stance. “Wishing is the fantasy that everything is going to turn out OK. Hoping is actually showing up for the hard work.”
I recently had a student who works as a physical therapist thank me for teaching a lesson on the power of Hope to my class as she was able to demonstrate it in her work life .
Hope can be one of the most powerful words in the English language and it’s the major weapon against suicide.
My student is a physical therapist and works with children in the hospital who have cancer. She told me that it is a very challenging occupation because she tries to lift their spirits as well as help them with their physical therapy. She expressed her love for children and how rewarding her job is when she sees them light up during her visit.
Thus she stated my lesson on hope has stayed with her from my teachings and she now uses it to inspire and lift her patients out of a sense of hopelessness.
She stated that it is easier with the children as they are more receptive to hope and not giving up on life. But the parents are at a deeper level of despair and are more difficult to lift out of despair or a sense of hopelessness regarding their child.
She even stated that one worker from the hospital challenged her by asking her who is she to teach hope to somebody who can seem hopeless to the human sense.
Regardless, my student stays on message because she feels she is doing the right thing. She knows it in her heart because she feels such a strong sense of love for the child and the parents and receives this love back ten fold. Thus a lot of the despair lifts from her visits and the child and family no longer feel like giving up.
I asked her how she feels about her work and she stated that she feels a strong sense of love for all of them. She even feels this way for the hospital worker who made the discouraging remarks and sees nothing but hopelessness with the so-called human condition.
I told her that is how she knows she is doing the right thing because she feels the love in her heart and the sense of despair lifts. Her patients are lucky to have her because she cares enough to treat the body and spirit.
Perhaps sometimes the teacher becomes the student as I was moved to the core and this lesson came back 10 fold to help me that day during challenges of my own. See photos below.
Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind.