Today I spent some time thinking on Steve Biko, a South African freedom fighter, and his words on hope:
“The sense of defeat is what we are fighting against.
People must not give in to the hardship of life.
People must develop hope.”
– Steve Biko (1946-1977)
As I randomly scrolled the Internet, Oprah featured an article written Dr. Robert Leahy How to Overcome Your Feeling of Hopelessness. Dr. Leahy listed the following “litany of thoughts” and wondered how many, if any, did we keep running wild in our minds.
- Why bother? Nothing will work out.
- I’ll never be happy.
- My relationship can never get better.
- I’ll never be able to get what I want.
- There’s no use in trying.
- There aren’t any good men (women) left.
- I’m too old (ugly, poor, boring, damaged, etc.)
- I can’t compete.
- I’m cursed. The world is against me.
I found myself saying yes to a few, oh, okay, the whole thing! Thankfully, Mr. Biko’s words inspired me to keep up the good fight and continue to develop hope for others and myself.