Hope … an emotional, feeling state
Hope … it keeps us going, alive, moving through life on our journey.
Hope … expectations, desires, dreams, wishes, the things in life we strive for.
Hope … for so many things … peace, serenity, equality, truth, trust, love
Hope … without it there seems to be no purpose
Wikipedia defines hope … “Hope is the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Despair is the opposite of hope.”
In googling what Hope means, I came across an interesting article by CR Snyder, an American Professor of Clinical Psychology, Approaching Hope. I had not realised so much research had been undertaken on the emotional and feeling state of ‘Hope’ and its place in human psychology. Snyder defines hope as “a positive motivational state that is based on an interactively derived sense of successful (a) agency (goal-directed energy) and (b) pathways (planning to meet goals)” .
Hope, or the theory around what the emotional state hope involves, includes four aspects: goals, pathway thoughts, agency thoughts and barriers…
Valuable and uncertain goals provide direction
Pathway thoughts are the ways we achieve goals and how we think we can achieve them.
Agency thoughts are what motivates us
Barriers block us achieving our goals and dreams
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
~ Albert Einstein ~
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.~
“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
something to do,
something to love, and
something to hope for.”
~ Joseph Addison ~
Jakesprinters Sunday Post theme this week … Hope