The Misuse of Hope

Typically when I do a post, I will showcase two poems from my book, Poetry in Different Colors; however today I am only going to spotlight one. My poem, “The Fullness of Hope” is a good topic to explore hope and what that really means to us. When we say “I hope the best for you” or “I hope things get better for me,” what do we think the word “hope” should represent? I’m sure I have some of you thinking of answers that are logical based on your experience of the use of this word; however today I am going to challenge your thinking about hope a word that is often misused.

While the dictionary qualifies hope as a noun, it should be viewed as something where action is required. Hope should be seen as the foundation of an action that needs to be taken and fulfilled. Think about when you say “I hope you feel better,” what does hoping I feel better really do for me? If we say is there something I can do for you such as, pick up a prescription, bring a bowl of soup, or maybe freshen up your bed before you lie back down our hope has created action. Our hope should propel us to act on our emotions by doing something to help resolve, comfort or console the person or situation. Often times we use “hope” as a conversation of comfort and fail to recognize there is something to do be done when we extend the word hope.

My poem, The Fullness of Hope addresses the idea that hope is a catalyst for us to build actions. If we only hope for something and do nothing to create change or movement where does our fate lie? Therefore, hope without action become hopelessness. I sometimes think of hope as someone star gazing instead trail blazing and creating a path that allows him to accomplish whatever the idea may be. Subsequently we cannot exercise the use of the word as just a mere thought without substance. If we were to be honest does it really help us when someone says “I hope things work out”? Do we find ourselves saying “what does that even mean”? Hope should be the beginning of a vision and the vision mix with hope should cause one to move forward. When we move forward on a vision, if we execute it appropriately then the thing we had hoped for has a better chance of coming to fruition. When we embrace hope in its truest form, we will cease to talk about it as a thought and execute it as an action.

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