Staying Hopeful Journal Challenge
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.
Step 1: What can you change today?
In life, you generally have three options: change it, accept it, or leave it. Maintaining hope in trying times comes down to embracing the right mindset. Your mindset can make or break you in trying times. For example, let's say that you're at a standstill with a project at work. You're frustrated and ready to give up. Instead of quitting, what could you change today about your mindset or the project to preserve your hope?