What is this thing that we call hope?

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Dec 24, 2018

I’ve been thinking about hope today. It’s a feeling of expectation and desire for something to happen. It’s a wish for the future, a dream, a design to try, a cancer to survive. Hope is not finite, not a simple “I hope that I survive this or that I hope to get a new bike.”
Hope is a place, a possibility and smile, hug and a hand reaching out. It’s a wink and a smile. It’s a guidance into the journey ahead, into the unknown. Sometimes it’s filled with beauty and fairy tails and other times it’s filled with only a tick of a clock – a tiny hop forward into the future, a blink in time, a pause.
I’ve been thinking about this because I have hoped in many ways. And I have a familiar story of hoping to survive my cancer – being selfish and hoping for many more than the twenty-one years that I have been gifted. I hope, always.
Hope can also happen when it’s the least likely time, when you find out that you aren’t that special.:Things can,do and will happen to you.
Here is a story sponsored by TED about hope.
It is the story about a mother and her daughter.
Hope can be a smile.
Merry

@merpreb Merry, thank you for this. A very powerful message, and sure to resonate with many people. Indeed, hope is a powerful thing. It is a beacon in the dark abyss of powerlessness.
Ginger

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@gingerw– You hit it on the head! You are more than welcome. Happy holidays

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@gingerw

@merpreb Merry, thank you for this. A very powerful message, and sure to resonate with many people. Indeed, hope is a powerful thing. It is a beacon in the dark abyss of powerlessness.
Ginger

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@merpreb Wonderful story Merry as I was listening I took it a little deeper on personality of the person Happy New Year now coming up lets hope its a peaceful one in our lives and world.

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@merpreb

Thank you for the wonderful TED talk. I listened to it just now and was very touched. Human connection is vital to us all, and often difficult to do. That's what I love about the gift of the Mayo Connect community here. Merry Christmas.

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What a remarkable video, @merpreb! Thanks for sharing that with us.

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Tereasa- Isn't it! You are more than welcome.

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