“Hope is seeing light in spite of being surrounded by darkness.”
The dictionary defines hope as “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing.” That sounds kind of neutral. Not optimistic, not pessimistic. But it’s really more than all that. Hope can be an optimistic state of mind if you base it on an expectation of positive outcomes. So, in this light Some definitions of hope could include : “To expect with confidence”, or, “To cherish a desire with anticipation.”
The flip side of this may be a kind of unsure optimism, to wish for, expect, but without certainty of having it fulfilled. You really desire something, but have no assurance of getting it.
So when we hope, It really depends on our attitude. A strong hope, when we wish for something with every fiber of our being, or a somewhat mild hope – “I hope you have a nice day.” We can hope for the future, Or hold someone in our hopes and prayers.
Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “Maybe”, when it seems the entire world is shouting “no!” Now take that “Maybe” and put in its place: Definitely, Positively, Unquestionably, Certainly, Undeniably, or, No ifs ands or buts.
Hope is remembering that there is still light even though all is darkness. Always remember, you are stronger than you think.
Sometimes we must accept disappointment , but we must never lose hope.
Hope is like the sun, it casts the shadow of our burdens behind us as we walk toward it. It’s like a star, you can’t see it when everything is bright and sunny, only in the darkness of hardship.
You can be optimistic, or pessimistic, but remember, the road that is built on hope is more pleasant than the road built on despair. But keep in mind, they both lead to the same place.
Someone said: “Have hope, be strong, laugh loud and play hard, live in the moment, smile often, dream big. Remember, you are loved, and never ever give up.”
The dove is a symbol of hope, coming from the story of Noah’s Ark, when Noah sent a dove out to see if the waters had receded. The Bible says about hope: For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
The Buddhists look at hope as the opposite of doubt. It relates to our desire to convert suffering into happiness and awakening. Hope and doubt are only views, therefore only reklative.
Social scientists define hope and optimism as the notion of dispositional optimism, meaning a relatively stable expectation that good things, not bad, will happen. They also have terms such as: The optimism of everyday life, big optimism, little optimism, private optimism, public optimism, the list goes on. In science, unlike optimism, curiously, there isn’t a widely accepted definition for hope.
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