I've just finished reading my friend Leanne Coppen's blog about living with breast cancer (I've written about her before) and her tagline at the bottom of today's post is "hope".
Oh, goody, Hope is one of my favourite topics.
I have a Buddhist friend who likes to say, "No hope, no fear, I am free."
But I like having hope. The above statement, for me, speaks more to the a state of hoping for something, which, indeed, can feel like the opposite of freedom.
I believe Hope is less a state of being than a belief system in and of itself.
Hope is necessary for our survival. Hope gives us a reason to keep on going.
Hope is not about wanting something to happen but about believing in the possibility of anything and everything.
People survive cancer. There is Hope.
Addicts do recover. There is Hope.
Gay rights exist where they didn't before. Hope.
The human race continues to evolve. We're figuring it out as we go along. We get it wrong often but history has shown we eventually get it right. There is hope for the future.
In my angry teenage years I was almost afraid to hope. "We're born, we live, we die, who cares?"
Without hope, I reasoned, I am safe.
This reasoning was born of fear. I was afraid to have hope. If I had hope and something bad happened, then what? Better to have no hope at all.
Can we still believe in Hope when "bad" things happen? We must.
It takes great courage to believe in something as powerful as Hope when things go "wrong". Hope requires Trust.
When things do not go according to how we think they ought, we must remember that the end of the story has not yet been told. Things are working themselves out. H.O.P.E
Hold On Possibilities Exist.
Inspiring Message of the Day: We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.