We’ve all experienced times when we were struggling with something in our life. Many times, you hear reassurance from those who are trying to cheer you up. Words like, “it will be ok” and “you’ll feel better soon” are helpful but limited in its value for someone who needs help over the long haul of a difficult illness that may last the rest of their life.
Providing hope to those who suffer from chronic illness can provide a much more meaningful and lasting way to change the course and quality of someone’s life. Real, true hope recognizes the perils and risks that exist. Real hope does not deny or resist their reality. Rather, it takes into account the truth in their disease or condition, and seeks to steer the best way around their difficulties.
Here’s a way to give hope and really help someone you love:
Give examples of what they have done in the past that got them through a tough time. This provides real live proof they’ve got what it takes to deal with this. They already possess the skill they need but may not be able to see it right now. Your ability to show them “the proof in the pudding” is evidence that they have what they need and your ability to point it out to them can really improve their perspective on their life.