The Thrill of Hope
The world’s irrevocably broken state reminds us of our own mortality. Currently, we are forced to reconcile the deaths of 20 young lives ended too soon in Newtown, Connecticut. Ongoing, we are infuriated by the cruelty of bullies and grief stricken when kids feel the only way to deal with one is to commit suicide.
We must believe that something better is possible even if it is not yet known
Sadly there will be no end to the disappointments we feel from the selfish actions of another human being.
But what are we to make of such grim realities? Simply put, we have two options: let the harsh reality bring us down or look to hope to lift us up.
We must look to hope. Otherwise an unconsolable misery awaits us. A dreary future beats out searching, finding and living life with purpose.
We are wired for hope. We turn to it for comfort. We use hope to life us up. It is the thrill of hope that brings us together. It is the thrill of hope that sparks individual action to triumph over adversity. Despite mortality, we seek to make the day better. We dream to improve the future.
We have two options: let the harsh reality bring us down or look to hope to lift us up
We must mourn our losses and celebrate life gone too soon. We cannot forget the dent any life made in this world. However, with great effort we must believe that something better is possible even if it is not yet known.
For as long as human beings live in this world, we need the thrill of hope to encourage and unite us in our quest to thrive in this broken world.
Photo courtesy of Krzysztof Zator