There is one emotion that is stronger than fear and that is hope. The wellspring from which all other good emotions emerge is hope. Hope is the basic belief that something good is going to happen to you or your situation. Have you lost hope in your relationship? Are you hoping for something better for you and your spouse and your family but don’t know where to begin? I challenge you to learn how to “hope” again. Hope instills in us a sense of expectation and anticipation that what we want can come true.
Life presents lots of situations that make feeling hopeful a challenge. Many of these situations are more evident in our close relationships. When your partnership is lackluster, your children behave like barbarians, or your friends forget you, hope is often the farthest thing from your mind. When complacency or desperation begin to get the upper hand in your relationships, that is the opportune time to take hold of your hope. When your thought process and beliefs for the future are full of gloom, you are usually stuck with a very narrow range of possibilities about how things can be. Conscientiously introducing hope into our situation allows other possibilities to emerge. If you want to save your relationship then learn how to hope again, and realize that today is your second chance.