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If you only carry one thing throughout your entire life, let it be hope.  Let it be hope that better things are always ahead. Let it be hope that you can get through even the toughest of times. Let it be hope that you are stronger than any challenge that comes your way. Let it be hope that you are exactly where you are meant to be right now, and that you are on the path to where you are meant to be…Because during these times, hope will be the very thing that carries you through.  – Nikki Banas

 

In 2019, I wrote a blog about “Being Good Enough”. I realize that when we don’t think anything is good enough or that we aren’t good enough, we lose hope.If we can believe that we are good enough and what we do is good enough, it allows space for having hope for ourselves and in what we do.

Hope is another one of those tricky words, thoughts and ideas. Hope is about our future and seeing it in a positive light.  Just because we have hope, it doesn’t mean things are going to turn out just as we planned.  It does mean that we have a positive outlook toward moving in the direction(s) we want to go.

We can’t just hope something will happen and it will. We have to put in the time, energy, and commitment to whatever it is we want to make happen. However, without hope or a belief that it will turn out the way we want, we might never try to do or be whatever it is.

I think we also need hope so we don’t fall into despair.   As someone who works with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety, I have seen firsthand how a lack of hope blurs our day to day living.  

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.” -André Gide

I believe hope goes along with positivity.  I know we can’t be positive all the time (and believe me I am not), but having a positive outlook to me, provides an element of hope. 

 I guess you could ask, are you a glass half full or half empty person?  Do you immediately think of the negative or do you first see the positive.  I can definitively say I am the glass half if not three-quarters full and first see the positive.  I also find it tough to be with the glass half empty person.

Hope gives us purpose and possibly action so maybe we don’t actually need hope, we only need action.  Benjamin Franklin said,” He that lives upon hope will die fasting.”  Not the most positive thought.

When I say, “I hope…” it usually means I am moving in a certain direction, that I have a plan.  However, I recognize that often when people use the phrase, “I hope…” they are in a sense giving up.  Interesting isn’t it?

What do you think?  Do we need hope?  Or, do we just need to appreciate everyday that we wake up and get to live this life?