“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have you lost hope?

I know it is a very pointed question, but it is one that many chronic pain warriors must ask themselves. We are so bombarded on a continual basis by unrelenting pain that hope can seem distant. We see every kind of doctor and specialist, only to come away empty handed. Despair comes knocking at our door, and it is just simpler to let it in and allow it to consume us.

That is okay. It is only natural to fall into that pit of despondency.

But do not let yourself stay there!

As Desmond Tutu stated, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”

Hope is like a lighthouse, a beacon in the midst of the shadows, that keeps us on course. The waves may batter us and rocks may threaten to sink us, but we can still keep our eyes on that light to lead us home.

Hope is also like the top of a mighty mountain. The trail up to it may be wrought with danger and despair, but the goal of reaching the peak is what drives us to keep climbing.

Today, if you find that you have slipped into a state of despair, seek out the light. I cannot give you hope, but I can tell that, yes, there is light at the end of this tunnel. The tunnel may seem endless, but it does end.

Do not give up hope, fellow warriors!

There is HOPE!