No matter how bad it appears, there is hope, even when we are having trouble seeing it. Winston Churchill said it best during one of our world’s greatest travesties.
“Never Give In, Never, Never, Never.” Winston Churchill 1941
There are no magical formulas for seeing hope. This is something we all have to find deep inside of ourselves and at the same time far beyond ourselves. When we have hard times it provides opportunity to look deeply inside, moving outside of ourselves to see the hope that is truly out there.
It is easy to give in to desperation, hopelessness, sadness, loneliness. It is understandable and having been there myself I have great compassion for how and why our minds go there. It is my hearts desire to not only see hope for my own life but always see it for others as well. As long as there is breath in us, there is hope. There is proof of that when we can look beyond our own noses. That is the key, looking beyond our own troubles. It does not erase our troubles but it extends our vision.
World War II has been a way for me to extend my vision and get past my own nose and my own troubles. Studying the history of it helped me to begin to understand the atrocities. There is no way anyone could fully understand how it must have felt unless they lived that particular experience but the history gives us some clues and insights. Getting stuck only in the history of World War II is a darkness of its own. One can get swallowed up by that darkness.
In my search for insight into darkness I found an incredible amount of light. There are so many stories of personal human victories out there that one can draw great strength from. I spent about 4 years stuck at home with ill-health and poor vision and little concentration. Found it hard to read so I watched every movie I could find on the subject of victory from WWII. Amazed at the personal stories of triumph I found. To this day I continue to run across new stories and stand in utter amazement at what the human soul can endure and overcome.
Those victories have lasted for decades and spilled into following generations of mankind. The Diaries of Anne Frank is well-known. Corrie ten Boom is another popular WWII survivor. The multitude of these movies are too long to list. One of my favorites that I will mention is “The Door” with Helen Mirren. Brilliant story based on real events displaying not only the effects of WWII on a soul but the treasured lessons that can be handed down to generations when we have open hearts to hear those lessons. When we slow down and really hear another person, their heart and their story, we can hear their wisdom for all of mankind to learn from. This movie displays that kind of heart in a novelist forming a strange bond with an eccentric Hungarian elderly housekeeper. Those strange bonds can be the hope we see in our own lives and in the lives of others. Life provides plenty of injuries, especially for those who endure hardship and suffering beyond our understanding. Yet, they (we) are still human beings with hearts and souls. Humans, no matter the suffering they (we) have endured still have a voice deep inside, even when it sounds “strange” to others.
How have you looked beyond your own nose to see hope?
I encourage you to read Winston Churchill’s full speech given in 1941 saying,
“never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” Located at National Churchill Museum