It seems more than ever people are clinging to the word hope like a security blanket. It was hope combined with the word “change” that helped encouraged more than xxxxxxx American people to vote in this year’s presidential election, more than the country has ever seen in its history.
The definition of “hope” according to Encarta World English Dictionary is “to have a wish to get or do something or for something to happen or be true, especially something that seems possible or likely.”
Contrary to the definition I know that in times when I have had an impossible or unlikely situation I have used the word hope to stop me from being consumed with the unfortunate reality of what might or might not happen.
The other day I watched a bunch of eight-year-olds play basketball and the team I was routing for; the Hornets were down by 24 points with three minutes left in the game. Despite it being a nearly impossible win for the Hornets, I held on to “hope” until the buzzer went off. In my mind I knew they would loose, but it was hope that allowed me to stay excited until the end.
Some of the synonyms listed in the dictionary for hope are; expect, trust, anticipate. Personally, I think all of those synonyms have a more confident sound to them than the word hope. I mean if I say, “I expect that there will be tickets left for the U2 concert” or “I trust that I will fall in love and live happily ever after.” That sounds a lot different than if I use the word hope in either of these situations.
Lately, I have heard people say over and over again that they “hope” this economy gets better soon. Well, according to financial experts, “soon” could mean two years from now. The fact is that for whatever reason, this downfall in the economy needs to run its course and neither hope nor change (unless it’s billions in spare change) is going to bring the economy back on its feet. But enough about the economy we are all pretty sick of talking about that, right?
I guess what I am saying is that although I love the word hope I think sometimes people rely on it too much. It’s just one word and by itself it can’t take care of everything.
What I think we need to do is believe in ourselves a little more and trust ourselves that no matter what situation hits us we will know how to make the best of it. There is no doubt that this is a tough time for everyone and some of us are losing our jobs, homes, cars and savings, but instead of using hope to hold on to those things, we should use hope for the new opportunity that will come your way to replace what you have lost.
Despite their loss, the Hornets will be given one more opportunity to make it to the play-offs next week. The eight-year-old that I hang out with, who is on the team told me that he hopes the team does better in the next game. I gave him a little lecture about the word hope and not relying on it too much. “Forget hope,” I said. “Just work harder and believe in yourself and your team and you’ll win.”
He looked at me and said, “I hope your right.”