By Pervez Saleem
Keep Hope Alive
What is hope? “Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Hope implies a certain amount of perseverance – i.e., believing that a positive outcome is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary.”
The challenge before us all is to keep hope alive in spite of? That means “hoping when things are hopeless.”
We have to learn to keep hope alive when our enemies come against us. We have to learn to keep hope alive when friends are not friendly. When neighbors are not neighborly. We have to learn to keep hope alive when our Loved ones are not loving or lovable.
I have to learn to keep hope alive when my tears overtake me and laughter appears to be looking at me. Have to learn to keep hope alive when mess becomes my test and worry keeps me from my rest and achieving my best.
I have learned that People will be jealous of your joy, angry about your attitude, furious because your faith, concerned because of your creativity, provoked because of your praise and peeved because of your peace. KEEP HOPE ALIVE.
The absence of hope is despair and depression. Indeed, hopelessness leads to a sense of meaninglessness, which is married to purposelessness which can be fatal. We have to fight ourselves if we must, in order not to lose hope. For it is a lot harder to regain hope after it is lost, then it is to keep hope alive.
A Journey From Hopelessness To Dream World … From Red Light District to Land of the Free…
Meet Shweta Katti.
Born in the infamous red-light district of Mumbai, Shweta Katti won a scholarship to Bard College, New York, being the first ever girl to travel to the United States from Mumbai’s red light district, aspiring to become a psychologist and help her people.
Shweta Katti grew up in Mumbai’s red-light district, Kamathipura. As a child she dreamed of travelling abroad and getting an education. Her immediate goal is to study psychology, with the plan of helping women who have been traumatized by conditions of sexual abuse. Shweta will be the first woman from Kamathipura who has overcome a lifetime of adversity to realize the dream of studying abroad.
Shweta’s success will be an inspiration for literally millions of young women. Directly confronting the social stigma associated with India’s exploitative sex-work industry, Shweta is living proof that no person’s worth and potential need be limited by their gender, caste, complexion, parents’ occupation, or where they come from.
Newsweek Magazine named Shweta one of “25 Under-25 Young Women To Watch:”
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”