Hope is another four letter word which is oft tossed out, and like love, it too is over used, under used, misused, and maybe, mostly, misunderstood.
Hope is to long, to have great desire while holding fast to the assurance of obtainment of that which is desired and longed for. Wow. Think about hope's meaning the next time you hope. I know I toss out the word at times without giving it much thought, without realizing or staking claim to its mighty power.
In this weeks course in love, hope is blended into love. From page 175 of Leo Buscaglia's book, Born for Love: Reflections on Loving:
"There is no medicine like hope, no tonic more powerful than the belief that every trauma has a solution. The ability to hope allows us to face the trials of daily life. It reminds us that no matter what happens, we will prevail. No one need be a hopeless victim; few situations are completely without remedy. With hope we can change a potential tragedy into an achievement. If the situation won't change, we can change to meet the situation. For those who believe, hope does, indeed, spring eternal."
How wondrous is this last sentence. I often fail to recognize what a potent elixir hope is, as is love. We are free to choose to go to the spring eternal and drink. It is that simple.
Spring eternal, it is never dried up, let's go there...
What are your thoughts on hope?
Do you have a song of hope?
Do you allow hope to spring eternal?
~ Norman Cousins