Hope leads to despair, some would say. Hope is something that we’re all born with and something that keeps us going. It’s something that gives us expectations from what we’re doing and that drives us to keep moving forward; however, there can be instances where hope becomes a person’s destroyer as well. Sometimes when your expectations fail you, you’re left feeling like all your efforts were for naught and this can be harrowing.
Having your hope taken away from you is like having the ground disappear from beneath your feet and the next thing you know, you’re falling into a chasm, afraid to hit the bottom but hoping that the end is painless. Depending on the grandeur of your predicament, you may feel like you’ve lost all that you have and that your life is now without purpose. Many people have been driven to the point of suicide over these feelings as well.
However, the nature of life is such that no matter how bleak things may seem at any given time, there’s almost always some hope somewhere. Like a dull ember amidst the dark, it beckons you to notice it but you won’t see it unless you’re looking for it. By reading stories of healing and feeling grateful in the seeming absence of hope by Jay Depoy on his blog This Little Light, you may find the resolve to look for hope around you, no matter how dull it may be. By reading another’s struggles in the face of adversities, your resolve may rekindle as well and you’ll see the little light of hope as well. Hope can indeed cause you grief if it leaves you but you can always find it again, if you’re looking for it that is.