I have told many of you the in the past that I consider myself an optimist. I began to question as time went on, but with recent events, I can safely say that I am still an optimist and it got me thinking about why. I bring you one possibility, hope, this is actually a very powerful word and as I will explain here, a powerful motive. Lets start with the basics, like all lunatics post, here is the definition.
1. A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen
2. A feeling of trust
1. Want something to happen or be the case.
These are pretty universal definitions found simply by doing a google search. I can relate to most of these definitions, and the reason behind the powerful motivation is the desire around the expectation.
Lets continue by starting with the first definition, Hope as an expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. This actually describes an optimist, since by defination an optimist is hopeful and confident. The underlying meaning for me is that as an optimist I have expectations that are higher than normal, but I also have a desire for the good things in life. Karake may be a pessimist, but expecting the worse, typically means low expectations. I feel this is why I felt like I lost my optimism, and why now that I have hope again, that I am more optimistic again. Ironically, my desire for th good things, is fueling my motivation, and keeping me possitive. However this positivity, this desire, can also stem from the verb defination, wanting something to happen or be the case, I got what I would call good news, and after constantly being told bad news, and not getting “good” news for a long time can be de-motivating, and apparently made me loose hope. Which is why I boiled my problem down to Hope.
The second defination of course is about trust, this again points to a variety of factors. in fact let me list the defination for you.
1. Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
2. (law) Confidence placed in a person by making that person the nominal owner of property to be held or used for the benefit of one or more others.
1. Beleive in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of
2. Allow credit to (a customer)
Its interesting how the defination of hope includes trust, as I cant really it say it completely relates to optimism. Perhaps trust in myself to expect something better to happen may be the best way to explain it. I always considered myself to be a reliable person with the ability to make others happy by giving them alternatives. Perhaps thats where the trust comes in, as its referring my ability.
Regardless of the trust connection to hope, I have been thinking about hope specifically since I took a quiz on qzzr regarding the lantern corps. (Which Latern Corps Power Ring would be yours). My result was the Blue Lantern which fits me nicely since it embodies Hope. I personally feel that I try to keep hope alive, but it was definitely a struggle for the past several months, and now the hope is even stronger that seems to have motivated my optimsm to shine more than it has in the past few months.
The impact it has had on me is why I blieve hope is a motivational factor. If I truely was struggling with hope, and according to that first defination means that I didn’t have the desire, as as trust put it, the ability, to continue my optimistic ways. Now that my hope is back, I can rightfully wield my blue ring, and continue to brighten others days.
“In fearful day, in raging night,
With strong hearts full, our souls ignite.
When all seems lost in the War of Light,
Look to the stars, for hope burns bright!”