What is Hope?
Hope is a state of mind which is founded on an anticipation of favorable results with regard to future events or circumstances in one’s life or in the entire world in general. It is a sense of excitement or hope in cases where there is no evidence that anything favorable will happen to us, no matter how hard we work or how much effort we put into something. With such an attitude, we are basically placing our bets on something. We hope that we will be able to make it so that we can have material possessions like cars, houses, and other things. This attitude stems from the fact that humans are primarily social creatures and that our survival has always depended on the ability to cooperate with others. Hope is a powerful motivating force that motivates people to work harder for what they want by changing their behavior so that they can attain what they hope for.
In many instances, however, hope may be misused by some individuals as a means of gaining wealth, power, and more simply by creating false expectations. If someone is hoping for a promotion, for example, their hope should not be expressed that he or she will be given the promotion. This sort of hope is characterized by the use of language like “hopefully”, “defense” and “defensive” and by expecting that divine intervention will somehow intervene and provide them with the promotion that they want. Such expressions of hope in terms of the promotion of one’s wishes are expressions of hope, which are actually defined as a “mental attitude” that projects an outcome that is not possible within the natural laws of the universe.
An alternative way to express hope is by putting instead the words, “expectancy” and “waiting” – these words express the idea that while waiting for something one cannot be certain of their outcome but neither is trying to deliberately cause that result. Instead, they simply hope for the best and expect that it will be achieved. This, as opposed to hope based upon the expectation that divine intervention will solve all problems, is a much healthier approach to hope. It recognizes that while God may provide the opportunity for people to experience happiness, He also has the authority and the ability to bring someone into suffering through the loss of a loved one that was dear to them. Using both “expectancy” and “waiting” when expressing hope makes the act much more positive because you are not under the impression of “leading” somebody towards a desired outcome, but rather, “following” the lead of that person and allowing them to lead you towards a desired outcome.