Hope Is Ours

“Humans are, properly speaking, based upon hope, we have no other possession but hope; this world of ours is emphatically the place of hope.” ~ Thomas Carlyle …

Our humanity presents us with both the capacity, and the inclination, for hope. Perhaps this can be attributed to our ability for logical reasoning. Or maybe it is something much more intrinsic, something that is a part of our eternal souls that speaks to us on another level. Regardless of the source, we humans are the only creatures endowed with such a possession, and this fact alone should be reason enough for each of us to ask ourselves, “Why?” Being entrusted with such a wondrous gift should also implore us to be passionate stewards of it.

There is so much to hope for in this world–love and peace, an end to fighting and wars, cures for the many sicknesses and diseases in this world, fair treatment for all humankind, and eternal life and salvation. But it cannot exist without us–hope must come from within us and then be poured forth into our lives and thus into the world around us. By doing so, we bring forth many gifts and miracles–one of the most lucid being true peace within our hearts. That is why those who have found hope, and have woven it into the very fabric of their faith, have no fear or worries in life–they have found within themselves a singular possession that is beyond this life.

Our hope can move mountains, but we must nurture it, trust it, and allow it to guide us if we wish for it to be of any use for us and for others in our life.

Work to strengthen hope in this world–your hope, and that of those around you.

Questions to consider:

How do you define hope in your life?

How do you feel when you possess hope? When you do not?

Who are some individuals you know who possess strong hope in their lives. How does it feel when you are around them? How do they build it up?

For further thought:

“Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him or her the gift of miracles.” ~ Samuel Smiles

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