HOPE (Day 13: The July “I Believe…” Challenge)

by Dani Fake Webb on July 13, 2010

Today’s Category: Hope

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Hope.

Hope is such a hopeful word. (Haha.)

I believe hope is necessary for human survival. There is way too much pain and suffering in the world for hope not to be a key ingredient in everyone’s life.

I believe suicide stems from an utter lack of hope. As tragic and selfish as suicide is, there is a part of me that has compassion for such a hopeless life. The pain of that is unimaginable.

I believe the fear of lost hope is one of the barriers to personal growth. None of us wants to take the risk to hope, and then have that hope crushed (think new relationships, intimacy, a hopeful conversation where you think it’ll be different, and then the same pattern emerges…) Honestly, I’m not sure which is more painful – a lack of hope or a loss of hope!

I believe most religions are ultimately formed because of a hope for something bigger than us. We are not big enough to handle all that comes into our lives. We are meant for community, and community at its grandest level is the “Higher Power,” God, Jesus, Buddha, the Universe, Allah…whatever you call it. They have at their core a hope for something better in life or beyond us.

I believe hope is elusive. You can hope for a great day. You can hope to have enough money to pay the bills. You can hope someone will bring you a glass of wine (oh wait. Maybe that’s just me!) :-) And you can also have hope in another person’s success, hope in your marriage, hope for an afterlife.

But what does all of that really mean? Trying to pin down the essence of hope is like trying to capture the details of a dream as you regain consciousness – it just slips away.

And yet without this elusive hope, our lives struggle to find meaning. Without hope, there is no meaning, no motivation, no purpose.

And I believe the quality of our hope shapes the quality of our lives.

I really would love to hear your thoughts on hope.

Until next time, may you love (and have hope for) your life today.

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Kirk Webb July 14, 2010 at 3:01 am

I believe that without hope all is lost. Hope is born from unmet longings and pulls us forward in times of disappointment and hardship. Hope is essential to living a life of freedom.

Annie Wolfe July 16, 2010 at 11:37 am

I believe that to hope is the cry of my being.

I believe that I must hope to survive.

I believe that hope stays me, and brings calm and peace.

I believe that without others hoping for me, I would not have learned to hope for myself.

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