I often wonder why things happen the way they do.   Watching the news can induce depression in 30 minutes or less.

The world can be full of cruel, nasty people and events.  We could sink down into the pit of despair very easily and walk around with the burden of the desperate energy of the world.

But then I think about hope.  Hope for the world to change and the potential for humans to change. 

A friend of mine just stepped into a new chapter of his life and it's a big one.  He is going to have to rebuild from the ground up.  I haven't seen him for a while so when I went to pick him up to get some lunch, I hugged him and said, "This is a new beginning."  And he smiled and said "I hope so."

Hope.  You know, I've heard some people say that hope can be dangerous - false optimism that will send those who have it crashing down onto their bum, feeling the sting of disappointment.

But to me, I think hope is the motivation to spur us on.  Hope gives us the strength to believe that things can be different.  It strengthens us on our journey, pulls us up on our bootstraps and says "Hey, it can be what you want it to be.  Believe in me.  Believe in the possibities."

Sure, there are times that we place false hopes in people or events but for the most part, hope is the emotion we sense will take us to next chapter, the next event.  It allows us to say to ourselves that anything is possible. 

With all the things in the world that touch the part of us that makes us feel not so good, holding on to hope grows the parts of us that do feel good.  And then we get the chance to say, "No (emotion that bums me out), you're not going to win."

So when you're not sure how it's going to go or where you're going to go next, grab onto hope.  It will pull you up higher than you imagined.

~Copyright 2010, Mary D'Alba (Spiritualitygirl)~