Hope ??

Hope is something of an enigma to me.  Not the hope that “a friend will come out and play with me today”, but the deep down hope that other people wish for you to guide you through a dark and terrible life situation.

Is hope there to keep us from despair?  Is it there to spur us to a goal?  Is it there to bolster our belief system? When does hope occur?  Why does hope occur?

There is a scripture in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that says: “And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, …”.  Is this chronological?  Do you start with faith and obtain hope to be able to receive or give charity?

There are a plethora of quotes on the concept of hope.  Some extol its properties while others criticize its use.  All seem to acknowledge its existence but disagree on its effectiveness and/or its benefits.

In the 7 Stages of Grief… it is not until the 7th and final stage that acceptance and hope occur.  Why doesn’t hope occur at the beginning?  That would seem to be more helpful when going through this process.

Having experienced serious bouts of depression, I can tell you first hand that Hope is impossible to generate when you are depressed.  It only comes toward the end of the depression.  I can also say that Hope is a welcome relief to the despair experienced.

I don’t have any answers to the questions about Hope.  All I know is that it does exist and it is a Gift when it occurs.

Some of my favorite quotes:

Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Unpopular Essays

 Hope is the spur of life.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

 We all hope. It’s what keeps us alive.

DAVID MAMET, Speed-the-Plow

 I think it’s a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one’s self.

ARTHUR MILLER, After the Fall

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.

EMILY DICKINSON, “Hope is the thing with feathers”

Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.

OUIDA, A Village Commune

Hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky…. hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency.

REBECCA SOLNIT, Hope in the Dark

Even in the inevitable moments when all seems hopeless, men know that without hope they cannot really live, and in agonizing desperation they cry for the bread of hope.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., A Testament of Hope

The universe is energy that responds to expectations.

JAMES REDFIELD, The Celestine Prophecy

The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote

 And Last but not Least:

Hope is the elevating feeling we experience when we see–in the mind’s eye–a path to a better future.

JEROME GROOPMAN, The Anatomy of Hope

Gary

About Gary

I am retired, but not tired. I still want to be valuable to others. I know that others are valuable to me. After looking back on six decades, I have asked myself this question: “What do I believe?” My mind filled up. My heart started beating faster. My spirit soared. I post blogs to share what my mind is working on, what my heart believes would help others and, what my spirit is communicating to me. What do I believe, you ask? Decisions dictate your path In love, not hate In tolerance, not prejudice In health, not sickness In wealth, not poverty In kindness, rudeness In happiness, not sadness In encouragement, not discouragement In faith, not doubt In courage, not fear I have been and will be challenged in each one of these beliefs, but the biggest belief is to stay positive and not turn negative. This belief helps me maintain all of the others.

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