The silver lining is much harder to see when devastation is blinding us. As we evacuate from our homes and feel helpless, let us remember that faith overcomes fear. Even if you don’t go to church and perhaps don’t consider yourself religious or spiritual, leaning on faith means having a positive expectancy that eventually everything will turn out all right.
It isn’t blindness to focus on what we cannot see. Positive expectancy is a higher sight, gathering strength from knowing things will work out. Things will get better.
I went through painful dental dilemmas and learned about hanging on to faith in the future. Even as it culminated with the extraction of my deep-rooted molar, I breathed through the procedure as best I could while holding knowledge that this too shall pass. I endured the painful needles, pulling, and pain, which required more needles, as I kept thinking “This will be behind me soon! This time tomorrow it will all be a memory. Even in an hour from now – half an hour – it will be over and done with.”
By focusing on how soon I would be looking back at it all, I found strength. The hole in my gums from the extraction has healed over! I am now safely in the future that I imagined when I was in the middle of that painful procedure.
Losing our homes to disasters like hurricanes, tornados, fires and floods is vastly different from dental pain, but my point is how hanging on to hope and faith helped me immensely. I believe that hope and faith can help us get through anything. Sure, we can still get through it without these characteristics, but with them we soon discover that we feel less exhausted, less frightened, and less alone.
I choose to focus on the heroes, all the professional and volunteer rescuers who themselves focus on who can be saved and what can be done. A perfect example of an optimist is an emergency worker, striving for life and rescue amidst the ruins. Let us be like that with all our troubles – let’s have faith that it can be saved, that it will work out, that we have the skills and abilities to help remedy this situation.
There is always a silver lining but sometimes our eyes have to clear of tears before we can see it. Focusing inwardly on our strength and our faith in the future can help dry our eyes. Let’s all decide to focus on HOPE: Hang On, Pain Ends.