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Hope: Essential for the Human Spirit, But What Exactly Is It?

Filed under: Motivation — by at 10:19 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2007

Two candles brightly burning
(Photo credit: Daniel Boros)

In Christy Brown’s My Left Foot, he shares traveling to Lourdes, France, in hopes of his cerebral palsy being cured. Nowadays, parents are making similar pilgrimages with their children afflicted with cerebral palsy to China for stem cell treatments. I admit I do not know enough about this latest treatment to know whether it is a bona fide treatment for cp or another empty promise, but I am certain about one thing: these parents are searching for hope. Just like the cancer patient who travels to a foreign land for an alternative treatment, the low income earner who buys into a money-making scheme, or the mourning father who lobbies for changes to the justice system so no more children are harmed needlessly. They are searching for hope.

I have often pondered: What exactly is hope? How do you truly define it? What are people actually searching for when frantically searching for hope? While watching the Hour of Power this morning, a thought struck: maybe HOPE is an anagram for something like:

  • Help with their individual struggle.
  • Optimism that there is something better out there, that something more exists.
  • Possibilities for an improvement, a solution, a cure.
  • Empathy from others, to feel others understand and that they aren’t alone in their struggle.

This may not be the complete answer to my question, but it is an answer that works for now, for today.

What do you think? How do you explain what hope is, other than essential?

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Comment by Debbie Havusha

December 3, 2007 @ 10:48 am

Hi Glenda!
I believe that hope instills attempts at fostering an understanding of the possiblity of a different reality that will enable and enhance the human spirit in the journey of living a meaningful life.
Happy holidays that are full of light and hope!
Debbie Havusha

Comment by Norman

December 3, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

Glenda, you might find this interesting to read.


Comment by Mary McD

December 3, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

To me, hope is the belief that the darkness will end… even when no light is visible.

It’s the belief that we are not doomed to unrelenting, crushing pain or depression; that we will get through this and be happy again.

It’s the belief that tomorrow is going to be as good as, or better than, today.

And it’s the fervent wish of a parent of a new-born — we hope they will be OK, they will be happy, they will thrive.

Glenda, you’ve shown us that the definition of “OK” may be different, but no less valued, than the the norm; and that you certainly know how to be happy and thrive!
Thanks for being a constant encouragement and inspiration to me!


Comment by Jana

December 21, 2007 @ 6:51 am

To me, hope is when you can see possibilities… when you realize that what is your reality now, might not be the reality in the future.

Hope = Seeing potential

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