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Have you ever felt like life is just getting too complicated and too hard? The hustle and bustle of everyday life can simply begin to feel overwhelming and depressing. Despite the times when things seem to be at their lowest point…the good news is this…THINGS WILL GET BETTER! We need to remember to stay determined, focused, and hold the hope we must maintain to reach the goals close to our heart.

The following story is a great reminder to keep your hope alive and keep an optimistic attitude as we continue our daily routines in life.

During a brutal study at Harvard in the 1950’s, Dr. Curt Richter placed rats in a pool of water to test how long they could tread water.

On average, each rat would give up and sink after about 15 minutes.

But right before they gave up due to exhaustion, the researchers would pluck them out of the water, dry them off, let them rest for a few minutes…then put them back in the water for a second round.

In the second round of the experiment…how long do you think they lasted?

Now remember, they had just swum until failure only a few short minutes before.

How long do you think?

Another 15 minutes?

10 Minutes?

5 Minutes?


60 HOURS!!!

That is not an error!

That’s right! 60 hours of swimming.

The conclusion drawn was that since the rats BELIEVED that they would eventually be rescued, they could push their bodies way past what they previously thought possible.

I leave you with this thought:

If hope can cause exhausted rats to swim for that long…WHAT WOULD A BELIEF IN YOURSELF AND YOUR ABILITIES DO FOR YOU?

Remember what you are capable of.

Remember your goals.

Remember why you are here.