With the holiday hangover in full swing, negative thoughts of the ills of the year gone past are quick to emerge. They bring with them dour outlooks and a sense of hopelessness in the face of remembering this same hopeful, promising first day a mere year ago, which went horridly awry. It takes strength to look beyond those things for the bright moments and to look at the less favorable events in a light which can be helpful and hopeful.
Pulling hope out of thin air is not easy; however, if we each look closely enough, we can see the rays of sunshine peeking through.
What is hope anyway?
Many people think hope is one of those emotions only small minds engage. It is an expectant feeling for what one desires. Hope is trust or faith the best result will come to fruition. All alone, hope is not much. A child can hope for a toy store inventory in the closet but will awaken each morning to disappointment. What makes adults different?
Hope is not enough.
More than a few of us would love the ability to use telekinesis to make our dreams come true. Can you imagine dreaming yourself into the most favorable position merely by believing it will happen? Smile, each of us thinks it at one point.
One place where folly appears is in the ingratitude which comes from receiving without earning. When a teenager gets a first car as a gift, rarely is the value of the gift appreciated until after it is in a scrapyard and the teenager must replace it by the sweat of his own brow. Is it any different for adults?
When we examine our desires, we know hope is not enough. Standing in line at the lottery counter we can hope to win. In the end, is the grand prize “earned” for the mere price of the ticket? There are innumerable examples of winners who find out the true cost of the prize only when destitute and friendless.
There is little difference in desiring the corner office. Along with the mahogany and leather furniture comes responsibility, in many cases for the livelihood of others, safety of the public and corporate assets on a far larger scale than the teenager’s car.
Each of us has had an ancestor with the wisdom to tell us Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. Inevitably, it is a warning the things we desire carry consequences we choose not to see in our blind hope.
What happens when we take the responsibility to hope for things with a purpose? Instead of merely wanting, we take the steps to make our dreams come true. We accept the cost of our desires as fair trade for receiving what we feel we deserve.
Many a bucket list has an adventurous item. Peers often view them with a raised eyebrow and pinched smirk as foolhardy. The retiree who takes skydiving lessons took the time to consider what sacrificing fear means when it ends in accomplishment of something few would choose to do.
It begs the question: Is the skydiver the one with the small mind or the one who judges it foolhardy?
Will you know before you jump from a perfectly good airplane?
Happy New Year.
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