A giant Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary sits on my desk at the right corner. It has 2214 pages of words, many I have never spoken. Yes, I do have a thesaurus feature on my computer and a book version but, for some reason, Webster is friend-like and familiar. When I turn to him, I am never disappointed. So when I looked for a definition of hope, I found several that Webster suggested and I liked them all. Let me share.
- the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
- a person or thing in which expectations are centered
- to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence
- to feel that something desired may happen
- to place trust, rely
When I worked with individuals in a counseling setting there were many times when someone thought they were out of choices. It was never my place to solve problems but I did try to offer hope. That was one resource I had plenty of and I doled it out in big scoops because I knew that hope can give people just enough energy to make changes. When you chose to make a change, I hope it all works out for you.