As a nurse, I never — ever underestimated the power of Hope to manifest an outcome. Especially when it’s tied up with the bow of that other magik called Love.
But Hope can be a double-edged sword. What happens when All. The. Things we are hoping for don’t appear? When Hope doesn’t deliver it can shake us to our cores. Faith and Love can be lost in the aftermath of expectations unfulfilled.
And yet — how can we live without Hope? To lose Hope is to accept that injustice, disease, hate, and other malignancies in our society cannot be overcome. Hope is sometimes the only thing that can get us out of bed each morning and motivate us to move forward. To attempt to change our Now.
Hope is also defined as trust. We trust Life will provide us with all we need. We trust the path we are on is where we need to be. We trust the Love we send out into the world will make a difference.
We trust all that arrives in our lives is there for a reason, even when it isn’t exactly what we hoped for.
Christmas, Winter Solstice, and Hanukkah are all celebrations that revolve around Hope. Hope for salvation, Hope for the banishment of darkness, Hope that The Light will continue to glow.
Hope that we can each, in our own way, make a better world.