Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
Hopelessness is the ultimate fairer of imagination. The most uninspired form of courage is willing to get out of bed each morning and continue our lives. In the face of that will not inspire us, relationships that have gone stale and weighed with failed expectations, a world that has little resembles that dreams of our youth, most of us choose to go on. What gives us hope that things will change for the better?
We frequently talk about the importance of hope without specifying what it is that we are hoping for. Hope is genuine it must be realistic; otherwise it is but a dream. Visualize the long lines that format at lottery outlets when the payoff reaches hundreds of millions of dollars. The lottery has the motto to got to play to win. A more realistic slogan would be. ”You’ve got to play to lose.” it is obviously hope that pimples people to stand in those lines while discussing how they will spend the money
What’s next? We waste a lot of time thinking about the past, or that version of what it should be. We bring our past into our future. I was at a restaurant the other day and was forced to listen to two men that had discovered that had grown up in the same city. They were caught up reminiscing about acquaintances, their athletic prowess in high school. Woven info the conversation was past hurts. The fact that cell phones had made up all routinely privy to information about the lives of strangers that we could do without, I was especially struck by the sadness implied in these memories when everything seemed possible and football heroes would never be old men practicing a game they could never play well. The problem is that hope is undone by the odds that make it unrealistic and cause many to spend money they cannot afford.
The hope for miracles also provides fertile ground for those who would sell us cancer cures, effortless Weight loss programs, real estate with no money down, natural remedies, untold wealth, or shortcuts to finding the perfect mate. People (other self-help authors) don’t get rich advocating perseverance, loyalty, or years of education. Where’s the fun in that?
We are in love with new ideas, the big score the sudden transformation. We ignore a fundamental truth: Only bad things come quickly. It will happen. Why do you think children hate school? Why is the slow acquisition of knowledge boring? Why do we appear to have such short historic memories? Why does the stock market driven by fear and greed, oscillate so wildly and unpredictably, exactly like ones bankroll in a Las Vegas casino? All these occur because we are distracted from the real purpose of our lives by a dream of effortless success, narrowly defined in our culture as the accumulation of worldly goods.
In the face of the greatest disparity between rich and middle class (not go mention poor) iń our history, we know one of our two major political parties is devoted primarily to the interested to the wealthiest citizens. The core concept of capitalism, that we can all prosper together, has given way to societal selfishness that is a. Invitation to class conflict based on envy and a sense of unfairness.
What is lost in such fragile hopes is the concept of pride in our work, the satisfaction that comes with doing our jobs well in the knowledge that we can construct a comfortable, if not extravagant, life as a result of our labors. Stalked by recession, unemployment, home foreclosures, staggering income, jobs overseas, and endless welfare it is easy to become angry and cynical.
When this anger is redirected minorities, gay people a d government workers- we are in danger of becoming fragmented along the lines of race and class, become prisoners of our fear, and that there is not enough to go around and that we must act on our own economic interest. This is the formula for relinquishing the center of society, an interdependence that we are all in this together and that we will succeed or fail based on our ability to hear heartbeats other than our own. This idea is where our best hope reside.
We need to let go of the instant gratification mentality the degree to which we covet the latest electronic gadget bodies ill for this effort. The thoughts being shared on a $500 iPhone are more compelling than those we used to write down and put in the mailbox.
Have you read anything significant on Twitter lately? How many Facebook friends do you have? How many of them could hon count on for help at 3 AM.
Hope deferred makes the heart sickProverbs 13; 12
For everything written in the past was writo teach us, so that through the endurance and encouragement they provide we might have hope.