Moments of Hope

Sowmya Swaminathan
Posted March 7, 2020 from India

I'm with a lovely gathering of women, and all of us are on a Blogathon — a blogging marathon. We were given prompts, and I'm choosing the one called 'Moments of Hope'. 

Why? Because hope is easy. 

Hope is hard to create — but once you do, it stays with you long enough to fuel your mind, light the fire in your belly and turn you into an inextinguishable volcano of change.

I remember reading that "hope is stronger than fear", and I gotta agree with this. The only thing stronger than this would be a fear of never having hope. 

Hope is short lived. To conjure it requires effort — and it doesn't appear out of thin air no matter how many times you've wished for it. But can you hope and pray that you will be able to make that effort? Yes. But what do you do when you can't make the effort? You can hope and pray that someone is waiting to help you.

My life can neatly be divided into phases with hope and phases entirely devoid of hope. But even in those hopeless phases, I had angels — actual human beings, I mean — who acted as beacons, and helped me feel hopeful again. 

I'm trying to allow myself to be hopeful as often as I can — even to the point of irritation, may be — because to be hopeless is to be unfair to myself and my potential. 

- TED Talk ends -

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Aparna Nagesh
Mar 07
Mar 07

Loved this!

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you, Aparna! :)

Vidya Rajagopalan
Mar 08
Mar 08

Wow, spoke the pinnacle of truth

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you so much for your kind words, Vidya!

Stella Paul
Mar 08
Mar 08

Happy Women's Day Sowmya! The very idea of a blogathon is so lovely. I am sure it's going great. Would love to see some photos. Meantime, joining in the hope for a more gender-equal world.
Stella

Jill Langhus
Mar 08
Mar 08

Great to see you, Love:-) How are you doing?

Hope you are having a good IWD!

XX

Stella Paul
Mar 08
Mar 08

I am fine dear. Will FB chat soon. Happy IWD!

Jill Langhus
Mar 08
Mar 08

Good to hear:-) Miss you.

Sounds good.

Thanks!!

XX

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Belated Happy Women's Day, Stella. The Blogathon was awesome, and would love to share the photos after checking with the fellow participants. Welcome to World Pulse, and I hope you have a magnificent journey here!

Hello, dear Somya,

A blogathon is really a wonderful idea. I am inspired to organize an event like this. I agree hope gives us a motivation to press on. I love how you describe your life with "phases of hope" and "phases without hope". I have those seasons, too, dear sister. Thank you for sharing this with us.

I am curious how many participants are you in this blogathon? Love the word, by the way!

Happy International Women's Day!

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Happy Women's Day, Karen! Thank you for your kind words!

There were 6 participants. Would love to see you organise a Blogathon too! Please feel free to get in touch to brainstorm/thought partner for this with me. Thank you.

Metiege Noel Eve
Mar 08
Mar 08

Hope is one of those Pannacia to a happy life. It is very difficult to be hopeful in times of poverty and adversity. But the moment you can engage hope you will realise how strong you can be despite all adversity around you.

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Amen! Thank you for sharing this, sister!

Elizabeth Ziro
Mar 08
Mar 08

This is nice, first time to hear about blogathon and would really love to try it, eeix . Hope is stronger than fear, I can't agree more. Keep us posted

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you, Elizabeth! Would love to see you host a Blogathon! Please feel free to get in touch to brainstorm/thought partner for this with me. Thank you.

Rahmana Karuna
Mar 08
Mar 08

love this. thank you. blogathon!!! oh hope. faith. i had to go search for some quotes!
“Hope is a pillar of faith. It is pillar which holds our desired dreams.”
“God is the source of life. Life without God is hopeless. But life with God is an endless hope”

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful quotes, Rahmana!

Anne Dupont
Mar 08
Mar 08

Dear Sowmya,
This was beautiful. Thank you for reminding us that sometimes hope is a choice we can make and in other cases we need to be vulnerable enough to allow others to help us find hope.

Happy Women’s Day!

Warmly,

Anne

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

"....hope is a choice we can make and in other cases we need to be vulnerable enough to allow others to help us find hope." - Bookmarking this, Anne! Thank you so much for sharing this. Happy Women's Day to you too!

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Mar 09
Mar 09

Dear Sowmya,
nice to read this here at World Pulse.
My dear Hope is a good thing. And like all potential things and suggestions we must understand and contemplate on whatever it is we are praying and hoping for. Never give up on yourself because I am sure people in your life has never given up on you! Be and stay strong as mentally and emotionally as possible even we all have our doubtful minutes but as we fight the good fight and win which we will, we can congratulate ourselves. Be grateful because you've already won!
Sis Queen

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you so, so much for your kind words, Queen! Looking forward to learning with you on World Pulse!

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you for sharing your story, looking forward to it my dear!

Sis Queen

Ariane Assumani
Mar 10
Mar 10

Bien réaliser ma soeur c'est un bon travail pour tous

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 10
Mar 10

Merci beaucoup chère soeur! (Pardonnez mon français médiocre!)

Thelma obani 2020
Mar 10
Mar 10

Hope is not short lived..I won't forget this ..Thanks ma'am

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 12
Mar 12

Thank you so much, Thelma. :)

lizzymark
Mar 11
Mar 11

Hi Sowmya, how are you doing? Life without hope has no meaning and when we have people around to support us its great. Keep hoping and holding on it will be fine.

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 12
Mar 12

Dear Lizzy,
I'm doing well - thank you! How're you doing? I agree with your thoughts completely! Thank you for your kind words. :)

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 16
Mar 16

"To be hopeless is to be unfair to myself and potential"
What a power way of ending this beautiful message of hope, dear Sowmya.
Keep hoping and keep being fair to yourself and potential.

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 17
Mar 17

Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Arrey! :) And, welcome to World Pulse! <3

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 18
Mar 18

Thank you very much. I appreciate the kind welcome. Actually I am an old school here.

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 19
Mar 19

Oh, my bad. :) Next to your name, it says "New", so I thought it referred to a "new member". Thank you for letting me know! :)

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 20
Mar 20

That's right. The "new" in this case simply means a new comment. I understand though.

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