The Hope Factor

Our best decisions are driven not by fear, but by hope. When our decisions are made from a place of hope, we automatically win, no matter what the outcome.

Two weeks ago my brother Scott called me wanting to knowing if I supported his decision about entering an inpatient recovery program for people with addictions and mental illness. I asked him why he wanted to go.

Are you running away from something that you are afraid of or are you seeking out something that is life-giving?

Ultimately his decision to go was driven by his hope for recovery and improved mental health. His decision to go was a win because he allowed his hopes to speak louder to him than his fears.

Listening to the soft whisper of hope is not an act of bravery, it is an act of vulnerability. If we are open to what is possible (hope), then we become better listeners to that still small voice.

For surely as fear’s constant roar claims our collective attention, there is at the same time an unassuming hope humming along waiting to be heard.

When it comes time to decide what to do next, go to a silent place and wait.

Be still.



Soon you will find that in the quiet, hope grows in her confidence that you are listening. Before long she will begin singing. Follow her song.

Published by Sarah Griffith Lund

Leader, preacher and author of *Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Church and Family*

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