Hope is the spark of the spirit that keeps us moving through difficult and trying times; the beacon of light when we are struggling to find our way out of the darkness. Adversity can be overwhelming and it is easy to get swept up in a feeling of hopelessness, but like the cherry blossom- a symbol of new birth, you endure the harshness of the cold and emerge anew. Hope does indeed spring eternal.
Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind, based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large, according to Wikipedia.
For many, it is difficult to imagine being hopeful due to the extent of which the global community is plagued by hunger, homelessness, joblessness, economic instability, over-population, disease, violence, war and risks of extinction.
The ability for any community, state, country or the world at large to flourish and survive hinges upon the number of individuals who embrace hope and the inherent belief that their lives can be improved and made better.
Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News