What is hope to you? Because these days I can’t find the right words to define it anymore.
Ibn Qayyim said, “The heart is like a bird: love as its head and its two wings are hope & fear.” So the question here is, which wing do you flap more of?
Truth #1 : Hold On, Pain Ends
I supposed this would be my definition of hope that I would hold on to for now. To always remind myself that every thing in dunya is temporary. Not just pain/ difficulty but also happiness — this is temporary as well. Like the phenomenon of day and night.
Ultimately, to have hope in challenging times like right now is a struggle. If you can find whatever motivation from whichever medium to keep yourself alive & sane, take it. Take it and never look back.
Truth #2: We are living in the era of chaos
Locally & Globally, Mentally & Physically, Personally & Professionally. Our government is crumbling, Palestine is still not free, and economic constraints are brutal. People are dying, not only due to Covid, but for so many kinds of injustice.
As much as caving in has helped open our eyes via social media, that we can stand up and create awareness for the oppressed, note that the best of times is also the worst of times (maybe a little more worse even)
Truth #3: There’s a gap between knowing how your life should be vs how you actually live it
It is a tragic gap. By this it means, “The gap between the hard realities around us, and what we know is possible — not because we wish it were so, but because we’ve seen it with our eyes.”
There are those who would walk out beautifully from this experience. Congratulations, you lucky bastard. Enjoy every minute of it, that ray of light shining brightly towards you. Yes, I mean it.
But for most of us, the reality is a mess and much less glamorous. Between making ends meet, and keeping everyone you love safe, please know that you are not alone.
You have to sit directly in the tragic gaps and trust that God will come through. It’s as simple and as complex as that. Keep showing up despite the chaos. Be humble in the pursuit of your hope, and ruthless in fighting the negative whispers that comes with it. Find friends with whom you can weather the tragic gaps. Make life easy for one another.
Take care of your mental health.