Hope is something we all cling to and rightfully so. Hope ‘springs eternal’ because it is a potent life force that empowers and enables us to face challenges. Without hope, what kind of future does man have?
Hope is essential to our lives because it keeps us going — it diminishes feelings of helplessness, reduces our stress level and it boosts our happiness, which improves our quality of life.
Hope is an active emotion that looks to the future with positivity — its the thing that lets us see opportunity in challenges, rather than challenges in our opportunities. Hope is the power that lets us see the potential good in our future, even when we can’t always control how that future will turn out.
Hope is Light
There are some among us who sadly suffer from a mental illness, such as depression and for these brave souls, hope is something they crave, but unfortunately, often can’t muster. For the rest of us however, abandoning hope is really giving in. When we let hope slip away, we can easily be overcome with darkness and sink into a pit of despair. We must fight that loss of hope with all our power. Hope shows us the light at the end of the tunnel and no matter how long that tunnel may seem, the light is there all the same — it’s hope that lets us find that light.
I recently read the Bible parable of “the mustard seed” and it dawned on me that hope is just like the story of the mustard seed! Here are two of the parables to demonstrate:
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
This makes perfect sense. Plant that small seed and nourish it — encourage it to grow…believe in it, and before you know, it will bloom strong and mighty! This is true for hope as well. Sometimes, all we need is a tiny seed of hope to get us going. That feeling deep down that somehow, things will get better — that glimmer of light in our heart and soul that will grow stronger and brighter it we nurture it.
In Matthew 13:31-32, the parable of the mustard seed is used again: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”
Life can be hard and we all know that. Having hope isn’t a cure-all and we of course do need to be realistic in life. But hope is like the mustard seed: with a little hope, more hope grows and it flourishes and spreads out like a healing light. Hope propels us forward with a sense of good, optimism and determination.
Please, never lose hope and never take hope away from anyone. If we do one good deed a day, let that deed be to inspire hope in another — help to plant the mustard seed in their heart.
“Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.” – Tena Desae