Hope keeps us going


hope1HOPE literally means “expectation and desires combined”, or “feeling of trust”.  Hope carries us pleasantly through life and we all hope and re-affirm our faith, in situations when we are distressed or disappointed though some like to say that ‘hope is merely disappointment deferred’.  A hopeful man always sees success rather than failure, the sunrise rather than sunset.  Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.
Life is full of surprises and we can never predict what is going to happen, but we should never despair, because hope is the highest act of faith.  Hope is internal and wish and desire are external factors.  We ought to consider our wishes in life to determine which are ephemeral and which are truly worthwhile.  One should not have expectations or else one will be disappointed if ones expectations are not fulfilled.  It is said that there is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful.
God gives us strength, courage, patience and hope, renewing our spiritual resources.  We must have confidence in ourselves, so that we can face the future unafraid and help make our lives as long and fulfilling as possible.  Life is not always easy, comfortable or simple.  It has its twists and turns.  There will always be tensions, worries, problems.  Philosophy teaches us to hope, and we attain salvation through good deeds.
——— Ezekiel Isaac Malekar
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