Ever notice when we talk about “hope” how rarely we sound hopeful?
“I hope I passed that test.”
“I hope you did that thing I asked.”
“I hope everything will be OK.”
These words aren’t hopeful. They express anxiety, doubt, and fear—about ourselves, the people in our lives, and the world around us. When we allow this negativity to surround us, it overwhelms the very thing that’s meant to fight it back. We become paralyzed with uncertainty. Instead of focusing on the aspects of our life over which we have control, we agonize over the things we can’t. We despair.
Let’s stop using “hope” as an excuse to dwell in fear.
Hope is meant to lift us up, to give us confidence that life will work out for the best. Hope is about trusting in our own abilities and refusing to believe we are powerless. It allows us to have faith in others and rely on their best virtues. When we hope, we express our belief in the positive forces at work around us in the world.
Think about your aspirations, about where a bright future might lead you, or about the faith you have in your friends and family. Learn to speak about these things with hope-filled language, trusting in positive outcomes. Use your hope to take steps toward reaching the things you hope for, to plan ahead, and to build relationships with those you love.
Hope happens when we believe the future will bring us good.
What hope do YOU have for the future?