You may be in a situation where you feel like you’ve lost everything–everything you’ve worked for, dreamed of, hoped for. While you watch everything go up in smoke, rest assured that of all the virtues for progression, HOPE is the greatest. Hope is not a guarantee that everything will turn out perfect, but, rather, it is the expansion of the mind to fathom the possibilities of that which IS, but is yet to come. It, in essence, encompasses FAITH, the “evidence of things not yet seen.”.
Without hope, we cannot generate WILL and without WILL we will succumb to the treachery of our world.
Hope is what you hold on to when your employers gives you the boot; when you’ve just spent your last buck and your mortgage is due; when your children go astray, and you pray for their deliverance; hope is what you maintain when your relationship is on the rocks; and when friends and loved ones fail you. Hope is what you believe in when medicine fails and the doctor tells you, you will surely die.
You have to hope. Keep hope alive, hope that every dream, every fight, every struggle will not be wasted. Keep hope alive so that your sons and daughters can receive the legacy of your hands.
Bless your hearts with the sincerest of hope for future endeavors and successes. HOPE is all you have when all else disappears. Hold on to HOPE. Hope for HOPE—every day. Believe in HOPE.
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Trust in romantic and intimate relationship gives a couple a sense of security, allowing them to rely on and be vulnerable to each other. It engenders acceptance, love, honesty, happiness, and commitment. These values are wrapped in the three dimensions of trust which allow couples to predict each other’s behavior, depend on, and have faith in each other, as found by, professors of psychology, John K. Rempel and others, in their study, Trust in Close Relationships.
It Helps You Predict Your Partner’s Behavior
When couples can predict each other’s behavior, they are better able to satisfy their curiosity about questions, such as, “Can I trust my partner to listen to me without judging; to love and respect me; and to be loyal and faithful?” “Will my partner be there for me if I’m in trouble or the future becomes uncertain?” It may take months or years to answer these questions with a confident, “yes,” but, surely, happy and successful marriages and relationships survive and thrive on trust and knowing what to expect, says, love and marriage experts, Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz, in their post, The Foundation of Love and Trust.
Depending on Each Other
Reliance comes when the couple sees that statements and promises are carried out. Couples who are confident that the relationship is, by itself, treated as valuable by a partner who honors his or her words and promises are not afraid to (trust) depend on each other, writes, Rempel and his colleagues. By then, the relationship might have been tried and tested. Knowing what behaviors to expect and the fearlessness to depend promotes emotional security and a desire for deeper commitment. Inconsistent behaviors only destroy faith, which is a cornerstone of trust, and weakens emotional security says, psychologist, Richard Nicastro, in his publication, Secure Relationships: The Role of Emotional Safety.
It Gives Reassurance in Crises
Faith is believed to be the most important aspect of trust. When partners can predict each other’s behavior and depend on each other without doubt, their belief and confidence in each other and the relationship are strengthened. They feel confident to share their innermost feelings, knowing what is shared will be valued and treasured, writes, marriage and family therapist, Ashley McILwain, in her article, Trust is a Must: Why Trust is Important in Relationships. The couple also feels emotionally secure and can easily put their doubts aside, in spite of conflicts and crises, with the reassurance that their partner will continue to be caring and supportive, whatever the future holds.
Motives and the Level of Trust
Using a Trust Scale in their study, Rempel and his colleagues found that the level of trust depends on how much a couple can predict, rely on, and have faith in each other. When a relationship is driven by external, self-serving motives, such as gaining social status or business connections, the level of love and trust is low, compared to when the relationship is valued and cherished, with or without the perks. If a partner realizes that the relationship is based on selfish gains, it lowers the level of trust, causing him or her to question whether the relationship will survive if the rewards are no longer there.
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