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Don’t Be Afraid to Hope

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Folks, we’re now one day into 2017. And after most of us got buffeted, again and again, by the Wrath of 2016 (TM), it seems nearly impossible to believe in something better during the upcoming year.

But don’t you dare believe that better things don’t exist.


Quite simply, dreams die when you stop hoping for better. And when dreams die, at least some of your zest for life dies with them.

Does that mean every single dream you’ve ever had will work out as planned? Of course not. Life doesn’t work that way at all. Most of us know that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, after all…still, you have to try to set goals, you have to try to make good things happen, and you have to be willing to hope for better than what you have today.

Otherwise, you can’t possibly try for better, because you don’t even realize that better exists.

So in this new year, full of possibilities good, bad, and indifferent, for just one day, try to throw the bad and indifferent possibilities out and concentrate on the good ones instead.

Don’t be afraid to hope.

But while you wait and hope, keep working on yourself, too, and try to take one step every day toward your goal.

That, ultimately, is what will get you there — the belief that you can, along with the willingness to do the work to turn that belief into reality.

Written by Barb Caffrey

January 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm

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