Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.


Where will you be if you don’t have hope in life? Hope for a better day, hope for a better health, hope for a peaceful night, hope for a fresh morning. Life throws us challenges where you feel helpless and can’t find anything to deal with them. The easiest thing is to give up. But why bow down to challenges?

oprah2-624x774Oprah Winfrey was born to a teen mom and lived in poverty most of her childhood. She was molested at the age of nine by the males in her family. At age of 13 she ran away from home tired of the sexual abuse. At 14, she gave birth to her son, who died in his infancy. Getting abused by family members is sad enough and then the death of her son. But did she fail in life? Did she bow down to the challenge? NO. She attended school, became an honors student and was voted the Most Popular Girl in school in spite of racial discrimination. She won a scholarship at the Tennessee State University. She even won Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She went on to be a news reader at the local radio station, and then started her illustrious journey in the television. Today she is one of the Most Powerful Women in the world. How did she achieve everything that she has achieved? Not just because she is talented, she never lot hope – not even in the times of adversity.


Do you know Arunima Sinha? She’s a national level volleyball player, in India, with indomitable spirit. In 2011 while travelling in train a few robbers pushed her out of a moving train. She was gravely injured and lost a leg in this incident. Becoming an amputee was not the end of her story. She neither wanted the pity in people’s eyes nor did she want to lead a mediocre life. Bigger challenges and bigger heights were awaiting her. She went on to become the first ever Female Amputee to climb the Mt. Everest!

“I wanted to tell everyone that I’m on top of the world, especially to those people who thought a woman and an amputee couldn’t do it. I took off my mask and screamed, and my sherpa just stared at me.” – Arunima Sinha. (Source)


She has been featured as one of the ‘People of the Year’ in the 27th edition (2016) of Limca Book of Records.

She never lost hope in life. She never lost the spirit. She did the unthinkable. Hope and courage make you accomplish even the impossible.

How no to lose Hope in Life?

  1. Re-assess the situation – is everything lost? Is there no way you can bounce back even if its hard
  2. Be thankful for what you have and practice thankfulness, gratitude.
  3. Communicate – Don’t let everything to get build up inside you. Communicate, talk to near ones
  4. Be honest with yourself – you are your friend don’t lie to yourself. You will find a way

“Love, we say, is life; but love without hope and faith is agonizing death.

I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge 2017. Are you?

  1. Amazing Life
  2. Believe in Your Self
  3. Celebrate Life
  4. Dare To Dream
  5. Enjoy Life
  6. Freedom in Life
  7. Grow in Life 
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16 Comments on Hope in Life – Step 8 to Leading a Meaningful Life | AtoZ Challenge

  1. Swathi Shenoy
    April 10, 2017 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

    Hope is what keeps us going most of the time.
    Last year I had read about Arunima and then saw her video where she described the events that happened to her and also the experiences of climbing the Himalayas. I had goosebumps watching that!
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  2. Shalini
    April 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Such fine examples you’ve chosen for the word, hope! This is something which keeps us going, right?
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  3. Vaishali
    April 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Hope is what keeps us going against all odds. I am a huge fan of Oprah, simply love her and her way of life. I have had the pleasure of meeting Arunima Sinha and the privilege of being a live audience to hear her inspiring story. Both women are great examples of instilling hope in our hearts. Nice read Tina.
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  4. archana
    April 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Inspiring and motivational examples. Truly Hope is what keeps us going.

  5. upasna
    April 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Tina for spreading Hope….Lovely read about 2 ladies who fought the circumstances and stood up as Winners.

  6. Anmol Rawat
    April 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm (2 years ago)

    May be that’s why I’m still hopeful for many things 🙂
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  7. Roshan Radhakrishnan
    April 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I have written separate articles on both of them because they are such inspirational people 🙂 Really, so many dont know the harrowing beginning of Oprah.

  8. Reema D'souza
    April 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm (2 years ago)

    This is so true! Hope is what we need to face the most difficult challenges that we face in life. I loved the examples in your post.
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  9. Ravish Mani
    April 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Good pointers on freedom and growth in life in previous posts. Liked the concept of infographics. Oprah and Arunima are indeed the icons of inspiration. Great series, Tina. Eagerly waiting for your next posts.


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