Inspiring Hope: Lessons from Conversations with Colton

In a world filled with challenges, I write to give hope and show people that they are not alone.

Hope provides solace from fear. Hope isn’t just a fleeting emotion; it’s a powerful force that sustains us through difficult times. Hope fuels our courage to keep moving forward, especially in today’s world. Life is hard! Everyone has challenges. At the end of the day, waking up each morning and taking the first step is what gets us through.  

Now I’m not saying every day will be amazing. In fact, Conversations with Colton is full of hard days. A quote from my book that I cherish is: “Be on the lookout and try not to miss them, the tiny miracles, because they are what will give you hope for the future.” I believe that with all my heart. We must be intentional to seek out the good every day. This way our sense of purpose isn’t decayed by the bad days.Conversations with Colton: A Story of Fear, Faith, And Doubt is an exploration of faith.

For example: how do you keep having faith when caught in a storm?

Faith is the result of our current belief system and is shaped by our experiences and upbringing.

For example: faith is putting your trust in God for healing, but hope allows you to believe that healing is even a possibility. Faith, as explored in my book, is intricately tied to hope. While faith is rooted in our beliefs and experiences, hope amplifies our ability to believe in the possibility of healing, redemption, and renewal. Without hope, faith would lose its potency.

So, what can we do as a society to bring hope into our community?

  1. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Volunteer: Volunteering creates a social connection. It changes the way you view the world. It will not only bring joy to you but also to those you help. Volunteering will give hope to those in need that this world is a good place. It reminds us that goodness exists in the world and that we have the power to make a positive impact.
  2. Prioritize Mental Health: Promote nurturing, supportive relationships by acknowledging and addressing mental health needs. And having hope promotes overall mental health and may help heal certain conditions. 
  3. Random Acts of Kindness: Small gestures of kindness can uplift spirits and restore hope. And bringing a smile to a stranger’s face gives hope to both the giver and receiver. These simple acts remind us of the inherent goodness within humanity and inspire us to continue spreading hope wherever we go.

We have the ability to inspire hope within ourselves and others, creating a community filled with optimism, determination, and unwavering belief in a brighter tomorrow. Having a hope-filled community starts with YOU!

Hopeful Colton

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