You are sitting in a
movie theatre. A romance is playing. Two attractive strangers
meet. You want them to fall in love. You expect this to happen
and throughout the film you cling to hope. “Come on, come on.”
“Kiss.” “Slobber all over each other; make love.” Amazing … the
power that drives you to feel so intensely … for people you
don’t even know. How much a part of your daily life is this
driving expectation, this unrelenting wishful ness that ardently
“What will be will be.” Not a bad attitude. Fatalistic though.
You may even feel “why try?” You do not have control over most
‘things’. A swirling hurricane is coming your way. You cannot
stop it; that’s for sure. What should you do? Batten down the
hatches. Find a safe place. You decide to be ‘positive’. You
will get through it and live to see another day. A little hope
motivates you. Store water, find candles … some canned tuna.
You always have the power to choose: Resignation to your fate …
or an active part in determining it. You can do little or
nothing or you can activate a dynamic energy that sustains you
in the face of all obstacles. With a little knowledge,
understanding and perseverance you can face most challenges
optimistically. But you do need confidence and with it a
realistic hope that will sustain your efforts.
So what is this ingredient in you that says “I can do; I will
do?” What makes you so confident? You have talent, ability.
Modern technology provides unbelievable means for accomplishing.
But what pushes you, what drives you to progress? Could it be
that whether you are dealing with insignificant tasks: Getting
dressed, doing a job, or facing extraordinary challenges:
Fighting a war, overcoming tragedy … you can always exercise
your power to will. Somehow you are able to encapsulate all the
variables of what looms expectantly in the forefront of your
consciousness and say “Bring it on!” Naively or courageously you
think positively. You know you can get through it. You have
hope. Perhaps this emanates from a deep-seated striving for
perfection … that you know you can attain. Perhaps being a
spiritual entity all things are possible.
CONSIDER: What ‘can get done’ without hope? Cures for diseases,
educating the masses, eliminating hunger, world peace. Many
must ‘get together’ and believe they can ‘make a difference’.
They will. Will you?
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