Hope is probably the most important thing, because the opposite of hope is despair, and that never leads you to a happy place.
Hope tells us that things can get better, that things can improve. It is hope that drives us on, and hope that supports us when times are tough. Without hope we are truly lost.
Hope is a bit like confidence, it is one of those elusive things that slips away as we look at it. But it is vital.
When something bad happens (and, sadly, they do) remind yourself that there is always hope. That however bad thing may be right now, they can get better. You can help yourself to hope, you can list all the things that could happen as a result of the bad thing.
Maybe you lose your job. But imagine what could happen, regard it as an opening of doors of possibility, things that would never have happened had you stayed in that job, suddenly could happen.
Your horse goes lame. Maybe could you learn to massage as a result of not being able to ride. Maybe someone else lets you ride their horse, and you meet new people and explore a whole new world.
Maybe your are forced to move to the other end of the country. But think of all the experiences you can have, the parts of yourself you might be able to access that you couldn’t before.
Change is always scary, but with change and hope comes the possibility for new beginnings. New things that can arise as a result of the change. It’s okay to be scared, and fearful, we are human after all. But remember the other side of change is possibility and the other side of despair is hope.