The child and I have been chatting lately about the notion of HOPE.
It began when the entire idea of MOVING arose (what do you HOPE your new school will be like?) and has grown from there now that we’ve relocated (What are your HOPES for our life in Oakland?).
These conversations have sparked me to re-examine my definition of the word and how I apply it to my life.
Ive made myself consider what I hope for on a daily basis, an hourly basis (this move has been fraught with OOOH I HOPE THIS WORKS OUT! moments) and for my life as a whole.
Before the Tornado asked me to define the word I think Id have said hope, for me, meant the same as optimism.
Im an optimist (my glass isnt HALF FULL it’s overflowing & I’ll bug you incessantly to see if I can pour some in yours) so Ive always assumed I had “hope” & never worked to define the word/my hope-specifics.
Reason number 384398 how having children forces us to examine our lives in the most fantastic of ways.
As she and I chatted about her HOPES for Oakland it dawned on me theres a tremendous difference between hope and optimism.
Hope is NOT an awareness everything will workout perfectly—but an awareness however it works out is perfectly perfect for you.
Some of the stuffs she hoped for wouldnt happen here (I hope Im a bus buddy!) yet each time I’d explain (there arent any buses where we’re moving so you definitely wont be) she’d nod, say:
OK, Mama! Makes sense!
And she’d happily HOPE for something a bit different.
Reason number 384399 why Ive learned more from my child than I have through schooling and all other life-experiences.
She’s wholly hopeful.
She has a firm belief no matter how things turn out (Ill be a walking buddy mama! Ill walk kindergarten kids to school!) theyre how they’re meant to be and by virtue of that they rock!
I wrote & almost deleted this post because
seriously at some point this was a fitness blog, yes?! it didnt feel as though it fit into MizFit.
Until I realized it did.
We all have HOPE for our healthy living paths.
We all have HOPE this is the year we find & keep fitness.
I have HOPE with regards to my health (my back is better!).
I have HOPE when it comes to my fitness level (hello SANDBELLS!).
I have HOPE (the firm belief however this turns out it is as it was meant to be) about my new life.
Which brings me in a muddled, circuitous way to my current queries. For you and still of myself.
- By your definitions are hope & optimism different concepts?
- Experts say HOPE is a learned concept–have you found this to be true?
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: What are your hopes for this year? Do you believe we can live “successfully” without HOPE?
I hope–in the Tornado’s definition of the word– you’ll make time to chat about this in the comments below.
For those of you playing along at home the Tornado starts school today! Needless to say, she’s very excited and hopeful.