The Last Word this month consists of a closer look at a single word that seems to have lost much of its’ meaning…HOPE. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word HOPE as this; to desire with the expectation of obtainment or; to expect [success] with confidence. Any desire to have or to do something implies a great strength of feeling, but once there is an expectation to a certain outcome attached to that feeling, it then begins to morph into something even greater…a belief. So, if HOPE is, in essence, the formation of a belief, simple logic would suggest that the longer we hold onto HOPE the more deeply ingrained that belief will become rooted within us. Therefore, by holding onto HOPE we create an opportunity to redefine ourselves and to redirect the course of our lives.
People frequently [mis]use the word HOPE in place of the phrase “wouldn’t it be nice if that happened,” and in doing so they greatly diminish the potential impact of the word. Now, I am by no means suggesting that people should use the word less often. Instead what I am suggesting is that people use it just as frequently, if not more often, BUT with full conviction of the true meaning behind it. That type of HOPE, which suggests a sincere belief in a positive outcome, is something that we could all use a little more of in our lives these days.
This month, challenge yourself to use the word hope with full intent and see what impact it has on your life. Make note of any subtle changes you witness in yourself, others, or the world around you as your slightly improved outlook on the future begins to shift and take shape. Try to fully embrace your expectations, no matter how large or small, and the belief that all of your deepest desires will come true, so that you can bring yourself one step closer to the fulfillment of your deepest desires.