Overcoming Hopelessness


Everyone is hopeless at times and I've had my fair share of hopeless feelings in my life. But, what is the source of hopelessness? And why is it so prevelant in our society today? And, even more important what is the cure?

I think the suicide of Robin Williams really hit the American psyche hard. Why is that? I mean he was just another celebrity. I think it's because he gave so much joy and seemed like he had it all that his death was particularly shocking. The thing is, his death should not be that shocking really. I mean does anyone truly believe that money and fame can cure hopelessness? Yes, unfortunately many people do believe that lie. But, you can have all the money and fame in the world and still be lonely. You can have all the money and fame in the world and still grow old. You can have all the money and fame and love and anything you can think of in this world and guess what?..you're still going to die. At best, money and fame and anything else will only temporarily ease your pain. At best, it wont last and that is if you can even achieve it!

No, money and fame does not cure hopelessness.

I think there are two reasons that people in our modern world feel so hopeless. One is because of the media. We are told constantly through advertising, TV and movies that we are not good enough. It's an incessant drum roll. No matter who you are or what you have we are told we are never good enough. We aren't beautiful enough, rich enough, popular enough and we never will be. It's a modern disease that takes the lives of people every single day.

The other is because we have been told that we have come from nothing and that we will live without any purpose and that when we die we will return to nothing. In other words, we have been told that there is no God. And this lie is at the very center of hopelessness. If we have come from nothing, are nothing (but chemicals put together by happenstance) and will return to nothing when we die, then there truly is no hope! If that is the case then if you are born in poverty, with disabilities, without love, well then, your only recourse is to strive for those things at any cost because all that matters is right now. Unfortunately, even if you are fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to achieve those goals you will soon find out that it's not enough, it's never enough. Because the answer is not there. The answer is in God and fortunately for us He is there!

Have you felt Hopeless in your Life?

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We can overcome hopelessness through one very powerful word and that word is CHOICE.

Every single day we can choose to live in the world of not good enough or we can choose to be grateful for what we have. We can choose to believe lies that surround us either by the media or bullies or even members of our own family or we can choose to believe what God has said “that we are fearfully and wonderfully made”. We have the power to cure hopelessness right now. It's a wonderful thing really, to discover that there is a cure for hopelessness, that we don't have to go through life feeling depressed, lonely or suicidal. It's almost like the scene in the Wizard of OZ when the good witch Glenda tells Dorothy “you had the power to return home anytime just by clicking your ruby slippers and repeating there's no place like home”. We can turn things around for ourselves right now, this very moment by choosing to believe God, to be grateful for the things we have and to know that our future is exciting and wonderful in Him. We have the power because God has given us the power. All we have to do is to choose to believe Him. It's that simple.


As A Man Thinketh So Is He

The Bible says that “As a Man Thinketh So Is He”. We can choose to wallow in self pity, believing lies or we can submit ourselves to God and choose to believe God.

God says that we are worth loving, that we are made in His image. In fact, He thought we were so worthwhile that He sent his only Son to come and die a tortured death on a cross to save us for Himself. That's how valuable you are. Surely if God feels that we are that valuable, we are foolish to doubt Him.

You can change your life completely by just choosing to believe God. Choose life this very moment, walk with the Creator of the Universe and his son Jesus Christ and hopelessness will be a conquered foe.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

It happened one time for me, eight years ago, and it was as helpless as I have ever felt. Thank God there were friends who would not let me sink any lower than I had already. This is such an important topic, and you handled it well, Brie.

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thank you Billy, I'm glad someone was there to catch you when it did.

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denise.w.anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

Hopelessness is often the result of irrational thinking and believing patterns that we adopt. Even strong Christian people with faith in God and hope in His love and forgiveness can fall prey to the diseases of the mind that tell us we are not good enough. It happened to me! I had chemical imbalances that triggered these thinking patterns. It took medication and therapy to bring me back to where I could accept and believe what I had been taught all of my life, that I am good enough, and that God does love me! If you are a Christian, and feel hopeless, see a doctor and get the help that you need!

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for commenting "denise.w.anderson".

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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

Twenty five years ago I was hopeless and felt helpfless. But thank the good Lord I found my way out of that abyss and my life has gotten better with each passing day.

Things are only hopeless when we give up and give in.

Angels are headed your way this evening. ps

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I've been there too, I'm glad you are not there now. Thanks for sending the angels.

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Well written article with sound logic. It seems to me that this is really a school of learning, and sometimes we carry a veil. It lifts when the time is right. Who knows the way of the Lord and His mysteries? Still, I commend you for your way of life and efforts to serve and inspire. Everything helps. Much peace.

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes, it would seem so. Thanks for stopping by "manatita44".

Tina Truelove 2 years ago

I noticed that 83% (thus far) of your poll participants have experienced hopelessness at some point in their lives, including me. This feeling of hopelessness can most certainly be due to chemical imbalances, but much too often, it is due to feeling invaluable, living a life without purpose. I am so thankful for a personal relationship with my God and although I may never know all the purposes He has for the life I live, I know His purpose is solid, secure and real.

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes it is! Without Him there is no hope and unfortunately a lot of people are without Him.

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no body 24 months ago from Rochester, New York

People are constantly told that they have no choice when it comes to feelings. They are constantly hearing stories of how people "could not help" but follow their feelings. To them, declaring a truth like "happiness is a choice" sounds too easy to be true. They can't imagine turning on their feelings like that as if when you deny your feelings you are denying your humanness. But I know that it is just that simple, but only if you have God enabling that part of you where that kind of choice is possible. People give in every day to booze, drugs, sex, depravity because their flesh and feelings tell them that they have no choice but to obey. I believe part of the fault is in this "if it feels good - do it" mentality that drives so much of our society. Very good article Brie, as always. Voted up and beautiful. Bob.

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Brie Hoffman 24 months ago from Manhattan Author

Thank you "no body", I agree, our society is so toxic and hopelessness is merely a symptom of that toxicity.

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Dressage Husband 20 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Amen to that! Well written and clear and to the point loved it brie onward and upward.

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Brie Hoffman 20 months ago from Manhattan Author

Thank you "Dressage Husband".

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tsadjatko 20 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Billybuc, I'm curious, when you say "thank God", is that just a literary expression you are fond of or do you believe in God? I ask because you recently said on another hub "Do I think God exists? Want my honest answer? I don't have a clue." Just curious, no offense intended.

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Brie Hoffman 20 months ago from Manhattan Author

"tsadjatko", I don't know for sure but I don't think Billybuc is following this..if so he wont see it. And, from what I've read I think he is an Agnostic.

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tsadjatko 20 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

An agnostic who thanks God. Well maybe that's a good thing! Terrific Hub Page, as usual Brie.

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Brie Hoffman 20 months ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks "tsadjatko".

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vocalcoach 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I think we've all been there at one time or another. My hopeless period was when I lost my beautiful son to cancer. Thanks and sharing.

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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

Third time trying to post this comment.

Hope can become hopelessness if we allow whatever it is that tries to steal it from us win.

Like everyone else my family and I have challenges and even some doctors have tried to steal our HOPE (not all, but some).

Refusing to give up and give in, we keep HOPE alive.

Well said and thoughtfully prepared.

Voted up+++ g+ shared

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Brie Hoffman 20 months ago from Manhattan Author

Sorry to hear about your son, "vocalcoach".

Thanks for commenting, voting up and sharing "pstraubie48".

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Dip Mtra 20 months ago from World Citizen

Interesting hub. Voted up.

I think people in despair or hopelessness need to take up a hobby. Writing at HP for me has been the right let-off valve to take the pressure of despair away.

I shall be following your hubs henceforth. They are great, and offer rays of hope.


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Brie Hoffman 20 months ago from Manhattan Author

Thank you Dip Mtra.

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