"The soul speaks in the language of hope."
I used to think of a transformative story in terms of hope emerging - sort of popping up at the end. But actually hope is always present. What emerges is our awareness; we wake up. Transformation occurs when we finally recognize the hope and love that was always there, regardless of the circumstance. Whether we suffer or not depends upon whether or not we see the hope - not whether or not it's present.
Hopelessness is never a deep or complete truth; it may accurately reflect a sad, fearful or angry thought - but that's all. Hopelessness is actually dishonest. Regardless of the story we're telling about our experience, hope always walks beside that story, challenging or enhancing our current rendition of life and ourselves.
So, when we feel compelled to tell depressing stories to others or ourselves, an opportunity presents - not just to rehash misery but to reveal the unrecognized truth beneath the hopeless thinking. The goal in telling our story is not for Misery to love Company but rather for Misery to remember Love.
A depressing story is never anything more than someone's thought of the truth with the omission of love and hope.
Love to you,
From the Inside