In the third episode of this year’s Black and White Miniseries, TWLOHA’s Director of Outreach Chad Moses discusses the “Hope Remains” statement with the help of a friend and very special guest, Renee Yohe, who inspired the original TWLOHA story and movement. Renee talks about the many shapes hope has taken in her life over the years and where she is now in her mental health journey. She also shares how 14 years ago, she found the courage to reach out when all seemed lost.
“I've heard a million times that ‘fake it till you make it.’ And I think that's bullshit. I've always said ‘take action and wait for your heart to catch up.’ Again, playing, I think with that logic side, even if you don't believe that hope remains or that it applies to you. It does trust the facts and the truth and not your feelings. And the truth is that it does, in fact, remain for you always indefinitely. That is not dependent on progress or resolution. It's independent of any choices you've made in the past or in the future. And if you can take action and wait for your heart to catch up, wait for those feelings to come, but take some actions, take some simple steps: choose to stay, choose to reach out and wait and see if those feelings change, give it a chance because change is guaranteed—it cannot stay the same. And that is hopeful. Remember that change is guaranteed. And that's new opportunities and new chances for things to be better.”
This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted by Chad Moses and produced by Lindsay Kolsch, with editorial support by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor.
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