A curious thing has been happening in my psyche for the past few months. I kept hearing the word hope over and over and over again. What did it mean? I certainly couldn’t say for sure. Maybe it was a sign. 2018 was an exceptionally challenging year for me and many others. With stuff happening right up to the turn of the calendar. The one constant was that word hope not going away.
What I concluded, is that it may be a message for the new year. Perhaps even a template for how to be in our lives. As Martin Luther said several centuries ago, Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.”
There is much turmoil and uncertainty on so many levels in the world these days. Still there is hope because there are those doing whatever they can to bring goodness and restore stability. We have choices. We always have choices. Even when we stand immobile and do nothing, that is a choice. Is that what we want, succumbing to our challenges, not making waves, believing there is nothing we can do? However, when we choose hope, there are no limits to possibility. I found that the following by Dave Hood said it best:
“Hope is not wishful thinking, nor is it magical thinking. Hope is an emotion, a mindset, a belief, a motivation, that despite setbacks and obstacles, despite hardship and misfortune, despite the unknown last chapter of your life’s story, you believe that your life will work out, that when you take your last breath, there is something else beyond this world.
You can do incredible things when you have enough hope.”
Maybe, just maybe, the message entering the unknown of what lies before us is, whatever we are faced with, our default needs to be hope.
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