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Studying Buddhism it's easy to get a bit down on the whole idea of hope, because it's the ultimate not-being-in-the-moment concept. However, one simple quote by the great Vaclav Havel changed my relationship with the little word:

"Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out."

A brilliant way of conveying that being in the moment and dreaming the world into being are absolutely compatible.

03/08/13 @ 13:25

You are talking to someone who, in light of their current health situation, BETTER have hope.

And I do.

03/08/13 @ 13:54
Comment from: Dany

Interestingly enough, while I'm always encouraging to others, I have the hardest time doing the same for myself. This shall be my reminder to tell myself to indeed keep my hopes up.

03/08/13 @ 14:04
Comment from: M. Frable

I know that "somewhere in my youth and childhood I must have done something good" to deserve the great friend and truly wonderful person you are - this was a special treat this morning to hear you play and enjoy your wisdom once again, and i'm now hopeful for an equally special day! Best to you today too! ;)

03/11/13 @ 08:49
Comment from:

Joe: I'm hoping with you.

Dany: Your past experience should be reminder enough, shouldn't it? Or did I have the story wrong?

M. Frable: Thanks for noticing the words, as they were the reason for the song selection. Thanks for the vote for happiness.

Sven: Once again, you've expanded the conversation, and I thank you for that. You've raised an interesting dilemma, one that I found myself thinking about all weekend. If not hope, what makes one choose a route when standing at a fork in the path? Doesn't the choice lean on hope, hope for preferred destination? Is it better to wander around in the moment than to direct your actions toward something your heart wants? When you toss a coin towards a bucket, do you not hope it goes in? I ask not in defense, but in a quest to understand. You're writing engages others in your vision for a better world. If not hope, what drives you onward?

03/12/13 @ 07:14
Comment from: Dany

Ruth, no the story is right (besides the "executive", I'm far from that level lol). But I do tend to put a lot of obstacles in front of me (at least in my mind) before I go for something. And I have this really bad habit of telling myself.."nah, it won't work" instead of focusing on the positive aspects. But once I make a decision, I go full force and for this trip I wanted to go so badly that nothing was stopping us :)

03/12/13 @ 08:31

Ruth, I think the key is that it's not either/or, but both. Other words you could use for "hope" would be "goals" or "vision," and it's good, in fact life sustaining, to have those. I think where hope fails and what Buddhists warn against is to become too attached to the outcome. So yes to wishing to see change in the world or in your own life (hope), and yes to being that change regardless of the outcome.

03/12/13 @ 11:50