Having Hope after Brain Injury
Having hope or believing that we can have a part in the process of creating hope can be very difficult for individuals living with the impact of a brain injury.
Through my recovery process, I discovered that my definition and expectations of hope clouded my ability to see the value of, in creating hope in my life.
My Concept of Hope
My concept of hope held me hostage to my concept of hope when things did not change. When things did not change I became discourage and distraught.
I became discouraged and distraught because hope did not operate on my terms. That if I just hoped enough then I should get what I hoped for in my life.
You see, my concept of hope held me hostage to a “magical belief”. This belief led me to believe that if and when hope did not meet my expectations, having or maintaining hope was of little value. Little value because I failed to realize that I could create hope in my life.
Seeing things Differently
But I am glad that I discovered that hope is not limited by my definition or my expectations. I am glad that I discovered that I could both have a proactive and engaging part in the process of creating hope in my life.
Like combining each letter in a scrabble game, I could learn how to create hope in my life. By combing one skill and one skill set at a time, I could experience hope. By working on one skill and one skill set at a time, I could accomplish goals. By accomplishing goals, i could create hope and learn to thrive, instead of survive.
Hope is Not
Through my experience I discovered some thing that helped me tremendously. Hope is not some thing that tethers me to some thing that may happen in the future. Hope, instead is something to experience in the present. What I discovered helped me to realize that hope, like faith; becomes evident by taking action.
By Taking Taking Action
By taking action, I discovered that I can experience hope in the now. With this awareness, I don’t have to wait for hope. With this awareness, I discovered that I am able to experience and celebrate hope in the now.
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