I took a bus on my way to work this morning. At the next bus stop, I was disheartened by what I saw--the expressions on the faces of the people entering the bus. There were only three main expressions I saw: sadness, anger, and indifference.
Some of them seemed sad for another day of going to work. It seemed as if they just had no other choice but to work and make a living doing things they do not like to do.
Some seemed angry and irritated because of how their lives are turning. More clearly, it seemed like they didn't want to be there.
Worst of all, some seemed indifferent as if they have already accepted their lot in life and settled where they are.
That's when it hit me.
In a third world country like ours, the reality is not a pretty sight to see. It's easy to get discouraged and disheartened by the things around us--the poverty, the lost of hope, and even the pollution and the terrible traffic. The reality can really suck the life out of you.
That's why instead of being realistic, of simply accepting things as they seem, and of settling for what's real, be more hopeful, be more optimistic, and expect great things to happen now and in the future!
If you lose all hope, how can you stay motivated and act towards creating a brighter future? It's difficult to move forward when you do not have hope, when you do not expect things to change for the better.
Even when it seems impossible and unrealistic right now, expect that things will become better!
Besides, isn't having faith the same as expecting something that hasn't happened yet? Expect greater things to happen in your life!
Finally, allow yourself to be surprised by life again. Don't dwell too much on reality. Allow yourself to live a magical life! Only then will your life be full of joy, blessings, and miracles again.
Stop being realistic and expect great things to happen no matter how impossible they may seem right now.
I know we shouldn't smile up to our ears while inside the bus. People will think we're creepy and crazy. But, let's try our best to be more alive each day and in every moment of our lives.
Live with hope!