In response to the Daily Prompt, “Hope“:

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, hope when used as a noun means “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen” or  as a verb it means to “want something to happen or be the case”.

I think hope is a word that is often overused. If you are an American, you remember the word “Hope” being used in conjunction with the word “Change” during Obama presidential campaign of 2008. Yeah… We got change alright, and certainly not what many Americans hoped for. Many people hoped that Guantanamo Bay would be closed down, it wasn’t. They hoped that the country really would come to together and that economy would bounce back after the 2008 economic debacle… no dice on both accounts. The economy is still in shambles and the country is divided on many fronts.  This brings to mind lyrics from a Everlast song, where he says, “I voted for some change and it’s kinda strange, now it’s all I got in my pocket…” I know a lot of people struggling to make it every day and, sadly, it doesn’t seem to get better for them like they hoped it would.

In my experience, hope is usually said at a time when someone is going through a situation that is displeasurable, or even disappointing, as in “I hope ______ will get better…” Hope is not the same as faith or belief in something.  For instance, I have faith that I will survive but I hesitate to say that I have hope.

Hearing the word hope, also makes me think of a wonderful person I worked with at a previous job. Her name was Esperanza, which is Spanish for hope, and her name was appropriately chosen. She was a professional, and yet a very caring, empathetic, and positive person who really did offer hope  and compassion to many people that she helped in both her work life and personal lives. Sadly, Hope lost a very tough battle with cancer recently. If anyone deserved to make it through cancer and leave it behind her, it was Hope, but it was not to be.

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Courtesy of donchico/clipart

Hope is frequently mentioned with regarded to the bible quote from 1Corinthians 13:13 (King James version), “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Even in the hardest of times when we don’t have hope, we can still be charitable to others, even if only by sharing knowledge or a smile.

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Things can change quickly… Learn to accept and change what you can’t…

It’s only Tuesday and I’ve already had a busy week. My life will change pretty soon, mainly due to a new opportunity that I have almost finalized. A good friend told me that you never stop looking for job opportunities and other ways to improve your situation, he was right.

Working in social services keeps you on the look-out because things can change quickly, especially when grants, partnerships and government agencies are involved, both for the good and the bad. Some things go through a multi-step process, which takes time. Even working in a social service job, you learn to be prepared for the unexpected on a daily basis. You have good days and challenging days, hard days and easy days, and then there are the days you want to run off screaming. I have had many of those in my life, and definitely in the recent past. Some of these moments were brought on by me, some by my work environment. The Serenity Prayer comes to mind –

Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Changes can be hard but necessary, and a change of scenery can re-ignite your interest and motivation. In my case, I am optimistic that this opportunity will be an improvement for me, my skills, and my future. Wish me luck, and I’ll keep you posted.