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hope-whispersIt is my belief that hope is among the most important things in all of life, even more so for those in recovery of any kind.

Hope is that single force from within that causes us to believe that no matter what the circumstances are today, tomorrow can be better. Without it, there is no motivation to push us through very circumstance and to put forth the effort to overcome them in order to reach a better tomorrow. Hope truly is that proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel”. Hope at times is all that we have left to encourage us to keep up the fight and not to give up even in the hardest of times. Hope pushes us on.

Let’s look a little deeper into this simple yet very deep word.

 To start here are a few definitions:

  • noun: the feeling that some desire will be fulfilled

  • noun: someone (or something) on which expectations are centered

  • verb: intend with some possibility of fulfillment

  • verb: expect and wish

  • verb: be optimistic

The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled”: Hope has many different forms. At times is experienced as a general positive feeling that what we desire will at some point be fulfilled; and the more imminent the fulfillment the more fervent our hope. This is experienced most generally as an overall optimistic attitude and perspective regarding life as a whole. At other times our hope is more of a “spot light”. We hope for specific things, relationship, promotion on the job, good health, happiness, recovery, etc. Hope is believing that a certain occurrence will come about for our benefit. It pushes us to give our best effort and energy to see that desire achieved. However, it is these hopes that are most often dashed, especially when they are affected by other people and situations that are outside of out control.

Intend with some possibility of fulfillment”: Hope is to determine, to purpose the fulfillment of a goal or desire. In simplest of terms… Hope is a CHOICE. Hope is that choice that you make, no matter how you feel at the moment, that says, “I will succeed”, “I will get better”, “I will …”. Hope is what sets are hearts and minds ablaze with ambition and energy to achieve an expected goal.

This reminds me of a quote made by a gentleman well-known by many of us

, Christopher Reeve. He played the role of Superman in the original “Superman” movies in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Later in life he was tragically and seriously injured in horse riding accident which led to him becoming a quadriplegic.

He stated, “Once you choose hope anything is possible.”

Having made this choice, he went on to do something he was told by countless others he would never do, walk. Albeit, he had the help of some of the best doctors and therapist, he moved again and it was in a very controlled environment, but he did it. Repeatedly after his accident, he talked and encouraged those with disabilities that hope was the only choice. If you don’t believe it here is the story, Christopher Reeve Walks

George Weinberg, a famous psychologist and author, stated similarly, “Hope never abandons you, you abandon it”.

Hope is always present, and available. We give up, allowing our feelings and circumstances to dictate our lives to us, rather than choosing to hang on to hope and refusing to give up on our dreams and goals.

One final quote from another individual that we are all very familiar with, and from one of the most famous speeches of all time: Martin Luther King, Jr., from “I have a Dream”

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

Hope is that unseen, unheard, and often even unfelt force that is within every human being that keeps “life moving”. It is that force that gives us the strength and courage to be who we are, ourselves.

hope.remainsDespite our weaknesses and faults we can be ourselves and have strength and faith to keeping moving forward in spite of our past, our hurts, our mistakes and circumstances. In spite of it all we must “still have a dream”, something to hope for, some goal some expectation that we set our hearts, our minds, our entire being towards achieving.

When all else has failed …CHOOSE HOPE!!






Posted January 12, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

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