Hope is …

Without hope, it’s almost impossible to keep going on this roller-coaster of life. Many days, I’ve lived on the thought that, “Tomorrow will be better than today” – that’s hope. Hope in something I don’t see, but I believe in.
I recently read these thoughts about hope. In Erma Bombeck’s book called “I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise – Children Surviving Cancer,” a group of kids who had cancer were asked to describe ‘hope’ as if it were an animal. Here are a few of the responses:

  • “Hope is about two and an half feet tall.”
  • “He is covered with fur and it’s fluffy.”
  • “Hope giggles.”
  • “When it talks, you’re the only one who can hear it.”
  • “Hope raises its voice sometimes. It has to talk louder than fear.”
  • “Occasionally, Hope is shy and likes to hide.”
  • “If you don’t take good care of it – it can die.”
  • “It will come to you only when you need it.”
  • “Hope has offsprings like any other animal. They’re called ‘Hopelets.’ You don’t keep them. You share them with other people who need one.”

Kids can be profound. I found something in each of them that made me say, “Yes, that’s right!” I think my favorite is “Hope giggles.”
After reading those kid’s descriptions, I wrote my own. My descriptions for hope are –

  • Hope is as comfortable as a soft, fluffy blanket.
  • Hope helps you breathe.
  • Hope can be knowledge – such as: knowing that broken bones heal.
  • Hope is priceless.

How would you describe hope?

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