Without some inner decluttering and cleaning up of what’s going on in our heads, we will find it hard to grow the light of hope. Hope will get lost in the clutter. To develop new ways of thinking and responding requires a lifetime worth of work, and honestly, life doesn’t always seem to be on our side in this endeavor. Our comfort (and our hope) is to realize that even though there’s a lot out there that we can’t control, we are doing the best we can even if we wish we and our lives were different.
It’s a rule of life that letting go of what no longer serves us is how we open up space for what will be helpful now. It’s necessary to clear out worn out thoughts and ideas to make room for hopeful thoughts and ideas. Keep in mind that we aren’t looking to replace the old thoughts with unicorns and rainbows but rather with the hope of possibilities and openness to God’s surprises.