Apr 9

Keeping Hope Alive #AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z

‘H is for Hope | Positive & Inspired Living A to Z’

It is rightly said that life is a roller coaster with its fair share of ups and downs. As much as we want our coaster to only go onwards and upwards, we will have to deal with the frightening dips. These dips are the times that we need to remind ourselves about the ups that we experienced earlier, and the inevitable turn of the coaster upwards again.


Also, dips in our lives are less frightening when there is hope of an upturn soon. Today, I am sharing the two things that help me to keep hope alive when I am in the middle of a dip, and have no control over stopping the downward spiral. I believe that this can work for anyone.

1. Having an Attitude of Gratitude

You might have heard this over a million times now. After-all, it sounds cool and even rhymes. But as done to death this concept is, it is hardly ever practiced. I myself am only getting to it now by writing down a gratitude journal. I love lists, and so the journaling method works best for me. You could figure out what works for you. Nonetheless, being grateful for all the wonderful things that you have in your life really helps to put the tough times in perspective, and keep the hope of a better tomorrow alive.

2. Remembering that you have ‘Been There, Done That’

Chances are, this is not your first encounter with a difficult situation. If it is, then do refer to point 1 and be grateful that you had such a perfect, magical fairytale life till now. If not, then simply knowing that you have conquered something like this or even far worse will help tremendously in having faith that ‘this too shall pass’.

Keep your head high, your spirits even higher, and be prepared to deal with life’s situations head on. Like they say, so long as there is life, there is hope.

I would love to know what has worked for you. Maybe it could work for me too. What helps you to keep the hope alive when all seems lost?

Lots of Love


This post is written for the AtoZChallenge2015.


  1. My favourite quote which helps me when I am hopeless is, “This too shall pass”
    Bhavya recently posted…The Ghost in The ForestMy Profile

  2. That was an honest post ! True, we should never lose hope. I guess it’s a behavior that needs to be cultivated over time. Remembering gratitude items is a great suggestion. I personally focus hard to think that something better is in store that took away the present situation and handed me disappointment for a brief interim. I do get sad but it is momentary.

    Great going !
    Eloquent Mind recently posted…Hold my Heart #AtoZChallengeMy Profile

  3. We humans are way more resilient that we think. We do bounce back, again and yet again. It works every time 😀

  4. Hope—- The heartbeat of life

    salvwiprasad recently posted…Getting over youMy Profile

  5. True that! For me? I cry under the shower and then sleep 😛 A nap makes me feel alright and I can then think with a sane mind! Guess I’m weird that way 🙂
    Shalini recently posted…Forever alone No more- HMy Profile

  6. That’s a beautiful and inspiring post. Well, I believe that whatever happens, happens for a reason and I try and find positives in all situations. It’s sometimes hard but it helps!
    Thanks for reminding this to me again 🙂
    Parul recently posted…H for Honor KillingMy Profile

  7. Prasanna says:

    I need this now because I’m at a dip situation in life. Yes, I’m grateful for what I have but how I wish that I could know what happens in my future which is not looking quite bright now. My faith and hope in God has brought me out of such situations before and I trust God to help me out again.

  8. So true Shantala. Life throws so many hurdles in our ways and knocks us down but we should always hold on to hope. Better days will always come again 🙂
    Swathi Shenoy recently posted…HiddenMy Profile

  9. Having a dream or vision n my heart and/or mind helps to burn the fire of hope within me. Knowing that my life isn’t about me per se, but about serving others and living my life’s purpose. 🙂 <3
    elly stornebrink recently posted…#A to Z Challenge: H is for HomeMy Profile

  10. As Rightly said by you hope is something that has kept me alive, whenever I am down, I keep telling myself that “this too shall pass…. and I will try and find what to be grateful for in the difficult situation..
    G Angela recently posted…H – for Himachal PradeshMy Profile

  11. Thanks for a challenging post today. My hope is in my faith in Jesus Christ. Without Him I would not have survived cancer (17+ year survivor) nor would I be a published writer today. My H is n Heart Transplant at shirleycorder.com/?796. Have a great day!
    Shirley Corder recently posted…H is for Heart TransplantMy Profile

  12. Meghana says:

    For me maybe its the presence of & belief in God that keeps me going in difficult situations. Just thinking tht he some or the other day will definitely get me out of the difficult situation makes me feel better. And yes, a supportive family, who make me realise that there are ppl who care for me.

  13. I think what I do to keep hope alive is basically just believe..having gratitude is always good though, I like the thought of keeping such Journal!
    Diana @ Life in German. recently posted…H is for Hamburg. #BigNews!My Profile

  14. also we must surround ourselves with positive people, when everything fails, they can help in keeping the hope alive.
    Rajlakshmi recently posted…HeadstandMy Profile

  15. The Power of Positive Thinking works for me. At least when I remember to use that power.

    –Mee (The Chinese Quest)
    Mee Magnum recently posted…“G” is for Ginger #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2ZMy Profile

  16. If it weren’t for hope and faith, I would have succumbed to the deadly effects of Depression and Bipolar discorder years ago. Thankfully, being brought up on a diet of ‘It all happens for a reason’ has kept my head above water. Always grateful for that.
    Shailaja recently posted…Henna -#AtoZChallenge @AprilA2ZMy Profile

  17. I like the ‘been there, done that’ attitude. There’a always another crisis. You’ve handled the others and can get through the new one.

  18. Life definitely doesn’t move in a straight path, though we would like it to. BTW, when you comment on my blog or others during the A to Z Challenge, feel free to include your link to your blog. It’s acceptable behavior during the Challenge.
    Courtney Turner (@mauijungalow) recently posted…Housing on Maui Can Make You CryMy Profile

  19. An inspiring post, Shantala. Hope is a must to survive this life. How truly blessed I’m for never losing hope, even I can’t measure that.
    Vinitha recently posted…Life Taught Lessons – I #AtoZChallengeMy Profile

  20. Attitude of Gratitude works best for me. “Been there done that” tends to have the reverse effect though… I start thinking about all the bad things that have happened in my life, and then get more depressed! I started blogging during one of the biggest “dips” in my life, and it helped me regain my sanity. Then, in 2013, when I was pushed into an abyss, not just a dip, I participated in daily blogging challenges for 4 months straight, and managed to stay afloat. So I’ll add that the blogging community has helped me a lot too.
    I like your posts in this series, Shantala. And I also like the simple images you’ve made with quotes. 🙂
    Kaddu recently posted…A to Z of Blogging: H – Habits #atozchallenge @AprilA2ZMy Profile

  21. I agree that the past can help to be a reminder of what we have overcome and give us hope for any hurdles in the way. I have tried gratitude through photos and stuff …sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
    Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life recently posted…H is for Hobophobia #atozchallengeMy Profile

  22. I believe in the quote you shared, completely! Hope is so very important and so very needed. It can make the present moment less difficult to bear.Also, if we believe that tomorrow will be better, hardships today seem less burdensome. Yes, hope is the word! 🙂

  23. I’m going to say ditto to Bhavya. with the difference that that doesn’t strike me soon. only after mulling over it do I get to saying, This Too Shall Pass.
    Leo recently posted…Junk?My Profile

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