Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Strange Nature of Hope



It’s better to not have, than have; to have it to look forward to than to have tasted it already. Pretty dim words? The anticipation of a good time is strangely better as it approaches than it is as it’s actually enjoyed. Not that we don’t enjoy it—we experience different joys because of it.


The great thing about hope is it’s not just secured by the realisation of our dreams; it’s very much available any time if our minds and realities agree.


Hope is procured by a mind jolt—when we change our thoughts, thinking hopefully, there it is. No doubt our realities do need to align in some real and felt sense of hopefulness.


But we can turn relatively hopeless situations around to our advantage, especially if we realise that better times are ahead.


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We do, however, need a short-term hope. A life with chronic short-term hopelessness is enough to induce depression even if a medium to longer term hope exists.


Find a hope right now; something to look forward to, however small. Immediately prospects will improve.


Outlooks are brightened, or dimmed, by the vision that we see.


What are we allowing our minds to see?


© 2011 S. J. Wickham.


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