Will You Choose Hope In 2017?

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“Pray” by Jills

Opposite of despair, resides our greatest advocate, Hope. This devoted ally of our very Soul, lessens the severity of our lives’ misfortunes by far.

By excavating the human psyche over the last few years at the edge of suicide and other less severe conditions, I have gained a more profound insight into our inner workings as species. By taking an objective look at my own thoughts, feelings and responses to various situations, such as near paralyzing panic attacks, suicidal desires, abyssal depression, a narcissistic relationship, a broken heart and mind, some homelessness and less important inconveniences, I’ve learned that the root to all evil, is indeed despair.

cry-1675277_640Despair, desperation, despondency, desolation, anguish, lack of hope, being helpless or whatever other words we apply to this dire state of being, is the very source to all kinds of personal disasters, often leading us to bringing on destruction to the liberties of our fellow earthlings.

Greed, dishonor, depression, anxiety, anger, resentment, revenge and all kinds of addictive behaviours are destructive and self-destructive and have been the corners stones of an immeasurable amount of historical catastrophes of herculean proportions. Politicans and terrorists alike, act like mere bitches on a leash, held and released by the devil by what seem like chaotic choices at best. A consistent & well grounded hope, leading to true confidence & genuine nature, should be our primary goal in life, regardless of the temptations.

Viktor Emil Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, claimed the following:

  • “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
  •  “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
  • “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Conquering three years in various concentration camps, as an emotional and a mental winner, certainly qualifies Frankl as one of mankind’s premier teachers of the secrets to hope. A natural requirement is for us to gaze beyond our desires and dive deep beneath our vanities. That has indeed proven to be the most difficult and important step so far, to accept that I have been so very faulty on so many occasions.

I shall reap Hope this year by whichever fruitful means, including respecting the following:

  1. Proper nutrition.
  2. Proper physical shape.
  3. Proper posture.
  4. Staying clean and sober.
  5. Proper attitude.
  6. Appreciation over expectations.
  7. Meditative practices, such as drawing.
  8. Proper companionships.
  9. Limited exposure to news and social media.
  10. A critical mindset towards conspiracy theories.

Another auspicious new approach, is decreased multitasking. By dividing our attention, we use less of our mind for each task, such as listening to music while drawing. I took up drawing again recently and the benefits include increased joy,  anxiety relief and a proper state of tiredness prior to sleeping. Drawing seems to do me better than meditation alone.

My gratitude for your time and attention here. Let’s make this year the beginning of a great future for all of us. Kind regards,

Hölli Vals.

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