What “Hope” Means to Me

Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. Hopefulness is somewhat different from optimism in that hope is an emotional state, whereas optimism is a conclusion reached through a deliberate thought pattern that leads to a positive attitude.

– Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope

With recent happenings on the homefront, I find my mind is switching rapidly between writing issues and other issues. Yet, I think I need to suppress the writing urge for now and concentrate on the other stuff for a few days because my mind is running in wild circles.

For a reason unknown even to me I typed the word “hope” into a search engine today and the above quote is the first thing I read. This, in turn, got me thinking about what “hope” means to me and I’m going to share that with you.

At first, I thought the quote was entirely wrong but the longer I thought about it the more I realised that the definition is probably right. I’m not a person who wants the world. I’m not interested in new clothes every week; I’ll wear the same old stuff until they full off me (almost). I’m not interested in having wealth; although money does make life easier, I just want enough so that I don’t have to pinch from Paul to pay Peter (if you get my meaning). I’m not interested in being surrounded by expensive material things; almost everything I own is cheap and/or serves a purpose. All I’ve ever really asked for is peace and happiness. If I could have those two things, I’d be happy to not have anything else. Because, honestly, why would I need anything else.

To me, “hope” is not what I can get out of life, but knowing that the future will be brighter in some way. I think all our lives will be poorer without hope. Hope is something that I am trying to give my son at the moment. If he has hope, he’ll get through this terrible time he is enduring. It’s a shame it’s not something that I could purchase for himm because I would if I could – by the truck load!

Hope gives us a reason to get up in the morning and face another day. Without it, our minds turn to terrible, dark thoughts that can lead to nothing good.

What does “hope” mean to you?

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