Hope has been defined as:
Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Hope implies a certain amount of despair, wanting, wishing, suffering or perseverance — i.e., believing that a better or positive outcome is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary.
Beyond the basic definition, usage of the term hope follows some basic patterns which distinguish its usage from related terms:
* To wish for something with the expectation of the wish being fulfilled.
* Hopefulness is somewhat different from optimism in that hope is an emotional state, whereas optimism is a conclusion reached through a deliberate thought pattern that leads to a positive attitude. But hope and optimism both can be based in unrealistic belief or fantasy.
* When used in a religious context, hope carries a connotation of being aware of spiritual truth…
An interesting point to note here is that hope has no context without “…a certain amount of despair, wanting, wishing, suffering or perseverance…”
Those things – despair, wanting, wishing, suffering, perseverance – are the circumstances that make us reach out for hope.
Hope for those circumstances is what we want to help provide.
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