What Is Hope?

I have known people broken by many things. But the most serious situation is when I meet someone who has no hope. We talk about how hope is not about goals or tangible things in life. As this eloquent quote describes below, hope is a mindset, a place you allow yourself to sit, and a window from which you look.

 “Hope is not prognostication.  It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.  I don’t think you can explain it as a mere derivative of something here, of some movement, or of some favorable signs in the world.  . . .  Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.  The more unpropitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper that hope is.  Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.  It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out..It is also this hope, above all, which gives us the strength to live and continually to try new things, even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.”

– Vaclav Havel, Disturbing the Peace

A simple wish that all of you begin each day with an outlook of hope.