Hope

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Here are some quotes I noted about hope from movies:

Bunraker 2010

Love is temporary (Woody Harrelson’s part)

Hope is eternal

There is no hope (Josh Hartnett’s part)

Life is a circle

Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. (President Snow in Hunger Games 2012)

A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.

Losing all hope was freedom. (Fight Club 1999)

Put that all together and Wow! Hope, so important, that there’s much one can say about it. You can put it on a menu and maybe it would get overlooked, but if you search the menu again, it’s there staring right at you which becomes a choice. A choice to give up or not, not dream or hope, and we might think that nothing good could possibly happen or come out of a situation you’re in. You wonder and wait if it’s really there or possible to believe that hoping will change anything. But what’s life without it? What’s the alternative? What’s life without imagination? Hope subsists on our imagination and the efforts we put behind it. We can imagine the life we want and learn to build it one rung at a time. Building a writing career has not been easy, nor finding an agent or getting published, but without hope, efforts, and imagination, it would become impossible. I didn’t think I’d ever get a college degree. I drove two hours a day for my job, took night classes, and then much later was able to go full-time to finish. It was a day in, day out battle to get up very early in the morning to drive, having only time for the workday, the driving, and the classes at night, studies, and assignments, coming home after ten pm and getting up before five am to start all over again. But I did it and the hope that I would accomplish what I needed to get to be further educated kept me going to the end.

I believe hope springs from the heart. It comes with the word “maybe.” Maybe it could be like this or like that. And then it opened the door to possibilities. Hope lives and breathes whether you are at the top of the mountain or at the bottom. If you have never run into it, felt it, or come across hope, it’s most likely fear or other dark feeling sitting on it. If we can say maybe it will, what if, or it could be, we become brave enough to hope and not give up.

There are many stories about people who have been given terminal diagnoses and lived; people that turned failures into successes. Many have defied the odds. Harrison Ford was told he didn’t have what it takes to be a movie star – he was a carpenter. Boy, they were definitely wrong. Helen Keller quoted, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, an American author, political activist, and lecturer.

Hope is life and losing fear is freedom. I have to agree that it’s eternal, it’s strong, but losing it would be like death, the breath going out of you. Life is a combination of hopes and dreams and reality. It’s hard work. It’s easier to give up and not hope. It’s important to be in the present and keep our hopes and dreams intact while we do our thing. Nothing spells life like hope. Some say love makes the world go round, but love is even harder to find and hear, while hope makes it easier every day to live and find what you’re looking for. I’ll leave you with one last quote:

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
Emily Dickinson

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