I have been journeying with hope for a while now. Actually 6 months. And I want to look at some further definitions and how these can help us with life. Please do comment, share, I really love hearing from followers. Let us turn to Wikipedia.
Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.” Wikipedia
I personally love the ‘cherish a desire’ idea. Yesterday I was thrilled to film an interview for Meridian (should be out next Tuesday). I work in a wonderful community project and I cherish the idea of it helping many people and growing. It is a dream.
I also cherish the idea of growing my blog. I am excited when I get new followers (hello to you and welcome). I am thrilled to receive likes, reblogs (thank you Lady D’s) and it is lovely when my comments are liked by fellow bloggers. I expect my site to grow and expand, I expect and anticipate good things. I am hopeful as I write about and journey along my hopoe adventure.
I am persevering. I sit at my laptop and write daily. Sometimes I wonder whether my posts are helpful, some days I feel inspired, some days it is harder to write. But I cherish and hold onto my dream of being a writer and I nurture it. Hope is holding on and hanging in there, not about feeling hopeful or even happy. Sometimes the most powerful breakthroughs of hope are in the painful times, as my mum tells me ‘the darkest hour is just before dawn’.
Today’s recipe of hope is simple: to hang on in there. If you are facing a battle then please continue to hold on. If you are writing then carry on, blogging then carry on. And if you are feeling terrible, then be kind to yourself today. If you are feeling hopeful please encourage others. I know many people struggling emotionally with the pandemic and some need a visit (with a mask) or a phone call, just to tell them they are not alone.
Keep hoping with expectancy everybody X
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope (accessed 02/07/2020)