WHAT IS HOPE?
The definition of hope can differ depending on the person doing the talking. When people speak about hope in a spiritual context, it might mean believing good things will happen with faith in a higher power. They might direct their hopes outward in prayer.
For others, it might mean always looking on the bright side and seeing challenges as opportunities. In other words, always “hoping for the best.”
Merriam-Webster’s definition makes “hope” seem close to “wish”: “to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true.”
Whatever the details, hope in general means a desire for things to change for the better, and to want that better situation very much.
WHY IS HOPE IMPORTANT?
Most people associate hope with a dire situation. People hope to get out of difficult circumstances. That is often when people do find themselves hoping fervently! But hope also can provide the key to making everyday life better.
That’s because just envisioning something hopeful – the child seeing herself riding her new bike, for example – gives a person a moment of happiness, according to Psychology Today. It can make present difficulties much
easier to bear.
In a way, having hope links your past and present to the future. You have a vision for what you hope will happen. Whether it does not, just envisioning it can make you feel better. And if it’s something you can somewhat control then hope can motivate you to take whatever steps you need to take.
Having hope is important to the very act of being a human being. As Dr. Judith Rich writes, “Hope is a match in a dark tunnel, a moment of light, just enough to reveal the path ahead and ultimately the way out.
We are in the last days of the year 2020, surviving all the challenges and hurdles thereof calls for the renewal of mind, plans and hope. Letting go of yesterday, forging a new path and keeping hope alive that 2021 will be a better year.
At AFKAR we say year 2021 is a HOPE RENEWED year for you our client and the entire team. Welcome to HOPE RENEWED 2021.