What gets you out of bed every morning and gives you enough energy to make it through the day ever since the day you were born? What feeds your spirit so you make plans for the future, go grocery shopping, plan your next meal, and face the adversity that every day holds for you? In spite of the difficulties that you face each day, what is it that makes you fall in love again, adopt a pet or plan a vacation? To feel a whole array of emotions each day, including pain and anguish and yet get on your feet again and move forward takes energy that hardly exists for people with fibromyalgia, but you do that day after day. That miraculous spirit that resides within us all is hope. When hope ceases to exist we no longer have the energy to move forward in life and that leads to stagnation and a downward spiral. Hope is a critical energy force that we cannot survive without and hope must be guarded carefully or our life force and spirit will begin to fade.
Many people don't spend much time thinking about hope until they are faced with life changing events that put their coping skills to the test. Anyone that has lived to 90 years old understands this concept only too well, because sooner or later everyone loses physical abilities and energy, and most likely they don't feel well either. Since hope is critical to survival it is one of those innate components of our spirit, but as we face more and more difficult life challenges hope can begin to dwindle and fade.