The end of the year always brings thoughts of where we have been and where we may be going. Hope for the future and the paths we may encounter. To do better in the coming year.
Dr. Jerome Groopman wrote a book called The Anatomy of Hope, which is one of my favorite reads. Here is a small bit of what he had to say about Hope:
Hope is the elevating feeling we experience when we see–in the mind’s eye–a path to a better future. Hope acknowledges the significant obstacles and deep pitfalls along that path. True hope has no room for delusion. Clear-eyed, hope gives us the courage to confront our circumstances and the capacity to surmount them. Hope can flourish only when you believe that what you do can make a difference, that your actions can bring a future different from the present. To have hope, then, is to acquire a belief in your ability to have some control over your circumstances.
Hope is the ballast that keeps us steady, that recognizes where along the path are the dangers and pitfalls that can throw us off; hope tempers fear so we can recognize dangers and then bypass or endure them.