Monday, September 22, 2008

Hope -- Our Most Renewable Resource

Forget water! Hope is our most valuable and renewable resource.

No matter how bad things get, no matter how many times we fail, no matter how bleak the outcome looks -- we, as humans can't help but hang onto hope. Hope that tomorrow will be better. Hope that somehow everything will all work out. Hope that on the other side of our pain, is light.

Last week I was engulfed by grief, I was tired, exhausted and felt that I could not possibly do this again. I felt like the pain would kill me. And now, once again, I am filled with hope. So full of hope, that I'm at it again. So full of hope that nobody could convince me that this isn't going to work. It's actually crazy how renewable hope is, even when you don't have a reason to be hopeful. Even when logic warns you against it. Hope creeps in, takes hold, and pushes us forward. How else would we ever get out of bed in the morning? How else could people fight cancer? How else could we get over the death of loved ones? How else could we send our children off to war? How else could we survive famine and disease and natural disasters?

It all comes down to hope. It's there in everything we do. Pushing us forward. Giving us strength. Holding our hand.

There is a quote by O.S Marden that reads: "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow." And I beleive that. It is as true for me as it is for you. There is nothing more powerful, valuable and renewable than our ability to hope.

Because without it, we have nothing.

1 comment:

Nikki said...

Absolutely. Without hope we have nothing. I've done several IUIs and 4 IVFs so far based on hope. And yet, here I am, ready to go on and do yet one more - for there is hope that this one will work!