07/31/2014 04:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Healing Potion of Hope

Shakespe2014-07-31-hope.jpgare said, "Hope is a great healing potion." We can all agree Shakespeare knows a thing or two about potions.

Some days when I feel defeated, hope is the only thing that can coax me out of my mindset. It has a way of challenging me to consider the best possible outcome of my dilemma.

I came across this uplifting, anonymous quote: "Hope is the little voice you hear whisper 'maybe,' when it seems the entire world is shouting 'no.'"

For me hope begins with that subtle whisper, then speaks with full-fledged conviction. With hope, I begin to trust.

The secret of hope is that it's within you. That's where it thrives, and will seek you out.

As Emily Dickenson puts it: "Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops at all."

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