My former blog, Finding Hope in the Darkness, was written during a time of great change and uncertainty in life. Hope of a brighter, more secure day was what kept me getting up each day and working toward that goal. Finding the things to pull that hope up wasn’t always easy. Some days I went to bed wondering how I would make the bills and have enough left over for essentials. Every morning I got up and thought, “Okay, let’s figure this out.” With or without help, I did or I didn’t. Sometimes I failed miserably. But I kept going. Failure isn’t the absence of hope, it’s the distraction from it. When I failed I would sit in my room and cry, or scream, or blabber out loud to myself. Then I would get up and get back at reaching the goal. Often starting with, “I hope today is better than yesterday.”

Today I am in a much better place in my life. I still have failures and insecurities, but I have years of experience to look back on and see where hope shone a light on the path and kept me going.

When we visited Alaska, and guide told us that there is the same amount of water on earth today as there always has been. The amount of water has not changed, the form of the water has changed. What was ice, is now liquid. What was once liquid, is now vapor. But it is the same amount.

The same is true for hope. A situation can be called hopeless because of the lack of resolution that we want, there is still hope. It is in a form you don’t expect it to be in, a sunrise, smile, song; anything could be holding the hope you need. Being open to the possibility of it is how it is found. If you are struggling to find it, reach out to someone who can help. The fastest way to find something that is right in front of us is to ask someone else to help find it.

I HOPE you find all you need to get to the better place.


By Laura

Laura S. Tarasoff is poet, writer, explorer, and believer in people. Laura lives on Whidbey Island, Washington. Whenever she can she walks the beach looking for agates, hoping for whale sightings, or takes on the splendor of the eagles and hawks filling the prairie sky. She enjoys a terrific burger, a rolling laugh, and getting to know people.Laura hopes that her words will bring hope and encouragement to get through the hardest parts of life.


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