Sunday, January 4, 2009

What is hope?

Hope-trust, anticipate, wish, look forward to, expectation, desire, chance. To have a wish to get or do something or for something to happen or be true, especially something that seems possible or likely.

What hopes do we have for our lives? To be happy, to be loved, to make a difference in somebody’s life, to accomplish something of significance, to have an effect on the world. All that sounds good but without a plan for our life or a focus we can just wander through life. We need to know why we are here, what we can accomplish while here and where we are going next. That’s where religion comes in at least for me and gives me the reason and structure for going forth with my life. Yesterday I was able to go to the temple and feel the peace that resides there and meditate on my life and the example of the Savior. It is an anchor to my life.

7 comments:

Linda Reeder said...

I'm glad that your faith is a source of comfort and strength for you. That is what religion should be about.
As for me, I find that the purpose of life is in the living it, in making the most of each day, and forgiving yourself when you don't.

Sandy's Notes said...

Gosh, this hits home for me. Thank you so much for your kind words today about my mom. Perhaps an angel has tapped you on the shoulder; I am grateful.

Deborah Godin said...

Hope is indeed a precious commodity. Very nice essay, Lin.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Hope...that my daughter's health would improve and it has been a hope since she was a small child..

dellgirl said...

Very well said.

SandyCarlson said...

Makes perfect sense to me. I am glad you find peace in faith.

mom/caryn said...

Hope has always been one of my favorite words. It does seem to have an elusive quality to it at times. Perhaps that's because I'm not patient enough.

Great thoughts here, Lin.

I would ask you to read Cordell's last post and listen for the hope in it. I'm so ... words escape me. He expresses himself quite well... why then, am I left wondering how he truly feels? Lonely. He is still shrouded in lonliness.