What is hope? Hope is holding onto a belief of a positive future. It is having faith. It is trusting that everything will be alright. The anticipation of a positive outcome or event can also define hope. Everything will turn out for the best. Hope is to wish for something with the expectation of its fulfillment. Can hope lead to disappointment? Maybe, but I would rather be hopeful than despondent or in a state of despair. There is more joy in hope.
On hope, the wisdom of the following express what I, too, believe.
Albert Einstein stated: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Thomas Jefferson expressed: “My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.
My question to you is: what are your hopes? Never stop hoping. (from January 22, 2012)
These words still hold true for me now. Hope is optimistic! Hope gives one something for which to strive. Giving up hope is failing to try to live a life of possibility.
Why go down that road to despair and depression? Even if a situation seems hopeless, you gain so much more in reaching for the winning outcomes and experiencing life. We will lose/fail one hundred percent of those things we never attempt. Failure only occurs when we stop trying. Hope keeps our hearts blissful. It is that positive anticipation that drives our life purpose.
You decide, what are your personal gains or losses to hope? Do the gains out-measure the losses? I have a feeling that they do.