- Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.
- -Anne Lamott
Several years ago, I was on a drive to visit my grandmother after my grandfather had passed away. She had downsized to a smaller home and I had only been there once in broad daylight. On this particular trip, I was traveling there at night for the first time. I remember having a moment of panic at one point, fearing that I would miss my turn and get lost. Almost as suddenly as panic had come on, I distinctly remember a sense of calm enveloping me and the thought, “Don’t fear in the night that which you’ve already seen in the day.” I had a crisp and clear vision of the route to Grandma’s based on the image in my mind of the road well-lit by afternoon sun. It is hard to say what was going on in my life at the time that made that awakening so pertinent, but it has stayed with me. During times when life seems darker, I remember that I’ve made my way before; that there’s an intuition I can trust. The light that leads me is stronger and clearer in my mind and heart than whatever darkness I face. Sometimes, we stop cold in the dark, afraid to move forward. But with that image of a clearer path held in focus, I swallow hard and press on until the sun comes up.
- “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
- -Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC)
“Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.”
-Mignon Mclaughin, The Neurotic’s Notebook
Hope is the emotional state which promotes the 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” or the act of “look[ing] forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence” or “feel[ing] that something desired may happen”. Other definitions are “to cherish a desire with anticipation”; “to desire with expectation of obtainment”; or “to expect with confidence”.
“While it is true that most people never see or understand the difference they make, or sometimes only imagine their actions having a tiny effect, every single action a person takes has far-reaching consequences.” – Andy Andrews, author of The Traveler’s Gift