Hope is the difference between despair and acceptance.
Without hope we cannot expect to move forward — we cannot even see that there is a place to move to.
If you believe that there is no possible (or impossible) way for progress, for improvement, for the ability to “get better,” there is little motivation to put forth effort in change, since change seems unrealistic.
It’s amazing how the tiniest spark of possibility ignites a fire of hope. It spreads to your perception, your beliefs, your motivation, your efforts.
Hope shines a light in the dark corners of yourself. It, “invites the possibility.” It shifts, “NO,” “NEVER,” and “CAN’T” to “MAYBE.”
And “MAYBE,” though not as enthusiastic as “YES!” shifts your perception of the world around you enough to encourage the mightily important, “TRY.”
With hope we can try. We can see possibilities. We can move forward. We can change, learn, grow.
With hope there is a future, potentially better than the present. And we can choose to try the best we can.