Staying Hopeful Journal Challenge

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Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. Staying hopeful when things look bleak is a learned skill.Remaining hopeful in difficult times can: Help you achieve lofty goals Inspire others to do the same Create a happier home & workplace Level your day-to-day mood


If you ever watched the movie Shawshank Redemption, you likely remember the main character Andy Dufrane. Wrongfully convicted to a life sentence at Shawshank prison, Andy was able to maintain hope over the course of many years by slowly and methodically using a pick to chip a long escape tunnel. 

In a memorable scene, Andy said to his best friend Red:

“Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” 

You may have also heard of Viktor Frankl, a famous psychologist and Holocaust survivor, speak about his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Stripped of his freedom, his humanity, and facing certain death – Viktor has been quoted as saying:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

JournalOwl’s 21 Day Challenge to Hope is about taking control of your attitude and finding hope when all seems lost. Everyone faces struggles in life. Sometimes those struggles seem insurmountable. Through introspection and self-reflection through journaling, you can identify reasons to stay hopeful despite the circumstances you’re facing right now. Join us on this challenge, and remember, hope is a good thing – maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. 

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