Believe and Hope…

Believing and holding on to hope when all is going well is a no brainier.  When our life is going the way we expect, or when things are just going smoothly, we have no problem staying hopeful and happy.  We have a great outlook and seem to sail on the energy of “all is going well”.  Being grateful and optimistic comes easy.

But when we experience one tragedy after another one, or when we get tired of waiting for a break that just does not show up, hope does not come easy.  There are times in our life when we feel like we have exhausted our hope and to continue to believe in a better tomorrow or hold on to the idea that things will change, is in vain.

I understand life pushing us to the limit, where it feels like the only thing left is despair. However, holding on to hope and believing that things will change is essential at these times.

Without hope and believe in a better tomorrow life is just too hard, challenging and nearly impossible.  It disconnects us from everything that is good, no matter how small or rare.  It blinds us from the small goodness, available to us all, it erases every single moment we ever experienced joy and it conditions us to look for and focus on the ills of the world.

To hold on to hope and continue to believe, follow this brief daily practice.  I’d love to hear how it goes…

  • Remember a time when life was okay and imagine being there again (or just imagine one a time…
  • Create a gratitude list (no matter how small the list or thing/situation)
  • Sit quietly for 5-10 minutes and just focus on your breath
  • Find at least one person to connect with, and offer a listening ear



This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022