The Missing Hope

I don’t know about you but I see and meet a lot of frustrated people in the course of my days.  No, they don’t usually come up to me and say it flat out, but there is some pretty clear evidence with the angry calls, honked horns, scathing emails and Facebook posts: people are not happy.  Do you want to know what I believe is one of the largest reasons for so many unhappy and frustrated people?

They’ve forgotten what it means to have hope.

I know, that may sound a little crazy, but I really believe it’s true: people are busy focused on achievements and destinations and have forgotten what it really takes to get there.  Maybe I should clarify that statement: people can get there, but will they get there and find their lives, conscience or something equally essential destroyed in the process?  But by employing simple tools like hope, spirit, passion, consideration of others and dedication to the good of all, achievements and destinations become so much more than empty results.

These unhappy people have forgotten that life is bigger than their immediate circumstances.  They’ve forgotten that other people matter, that everything has a bigger lesson or purpose and that the world won’t end if they don’t get to their appointment on time.  They haven’t accepted that the world can operate without their input, that their needs aren’t all that matter and that they are part of something much bigger than themselves.  That’s not to say that each person doesn’t matter, everyone has something to contribute.

But only the really big hairy audacious goals are able to be thought of and brought to fruition with hope, passion and conscience.  Will you consider the cost of accomplishing your goals in the ways you are going about them this week rather than charging ahead at any and all costs?  Taking the time to consider the path allows you to choose hope and create a better end result than you could have dreamed of before.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”  Helen Keller

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