Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent. Mignon McLaughlin, the Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
Mignon McLaughlin was an American journalist and author. She is author of the quote: “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” She wrote the first and second Neurotic’s Notebooks, and is also the author of this quote: “Anything you lose automatically doubles in value.” She has also been credited with “Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”
Hope is a feeling we have for a desired outcome regardless of whether or not the circumstances warrant a positive outcome. Some think it foolish to hope for a positive outcome from something that others think is silly. Not me, for if I am not going to have hope about positive outcomes in my life, who will. I must always know that my heart needs to be in control as when I allow my mind to take over, it frequently can steal my hope in its rational and logical process. My hope is based on my faith, not my thinking.
I lived without hope for many years and sought refuge in alcohol, drugs, sex, food, money and anything that could spin a web of hope in my frightened and faithless mind. My spirit and all of my thoughts were externalized in others and things. I had no capacity to believe that I could heal and have a happy life. I had lost the ability to cry over my pain and could only cry over sad movies or stories.
The notion of faith in a God (whatever that means) was beyond me. There was no God and if per chance one did exist, it certainly did not like me. My journey brought me to the edge of death, both literally and figuratively. To this day I do not comprehend how I have ended up with the life I have nor do I need to. I only need to know that through powers much greater than me, I have hope, faith, willingness, patience, courage and gratitude in ways I never did before. 
In my work as a Spiritual Healer, I have been blessed with the gift of sharing my journey with others in ways that help them open themselves up to see hope in ways they never imagined they could.
My prayer for you today is that you fill yourself with all the hope you can muster as these are your dreams, your inspirations and your visions. They need your hope, not mine, to come true.
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Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!

1 Comment

  1. I do love the way you have framed this particular situation plus it does supply me personally a lot of fodder for thought. On the other hand, through just what I have experienced, I simply just hope as the feedback stack on that folks stay on point and not embark upon a tirade regarding the news du jour. Still, thank you for this superb piece and whilst I can not concur with it in totality, I respect the point of view.

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