The cliché statement that, “Everything will be alright”, is sometimes difficult to receive, especially in the middle of facing adversity. Sometimes the world seems so bleak that hopelessness becomes a physical burden weighing you down. Know that you are not alone and this feeling is one that everyone has experienced at a time in his or her life. Hardships and terrible situations like losing a loved one, being let go or fired, failing at something, not being financially stable, or losing your home, are a part of life. How you choose to face that particular situation is the definition of your character, a statement to your resiliency. How does one bounce back from a time of futility? One must have faith.
To me, relinquishing power over a problem, situation, or worry, and believing that everything will eventually work out for the better is the definition of faith. Most people worry constantly about things they have no control over or cannot change. It is important to have faith in yourself, those who support you, and God. You will find out who are your true friends and supporters in times of hardship. They will be the ones who offer you the support you need in any way they can, even while they are facing their own difficulties. It is essential that you do not give up on yourself. You have to have confidence that you are strong enough to take on anything. Never believe that you have failed because if you accept that, you have failed yourself. Lastly, but certainly not least, put your faith in God. Now, this may be a touchy subject for some, but I have trust in God. I have witnessed too many inexplicable situations. There has to be something greater than us, guiding us through our lives.
Whatever you choose to have faith in, it is important that you never lose it. Under no circumstances should you feel alone, hopeless, or cast aside. Know that a brighter future is coming; it is just going to take time. Trust that every situation has an unseen benefit somewhere and know that there are those suffering greater than you are. Strive to be more than you are, push through hard times, and triumph.
And never, ever lose faith.
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.