“Anyone who is among the living has hope.”
When i first begin working in a small office, i often wondered what it takes to become an entrepreneur. What are the skill sets I need to have to generate my income? How to set the right direction in the career that i want to pursue? And many more of these type of questions. It has been an exciting journey so far and i must say that it is not one without challenges and difficulties. Yet the rewards are ever so sweet.
I have always wondered how the journey to creation and self-sufficiency looks like. At this juncture, i realized that having hope is one of the the key to ensure one’s longevity in any endeavor. Yes we may work hard, smart and get organized with the right people, yet sometimes even with the best combination of resources and talents things may not turn out the way we envisioned.
When bad things happen, we often asked ourselves why. And i have seen many examples of friends and associates who give up after they met with setbacks, disappointments and some even expressed that they regretted that they tried in the first place. I find that rather interesting.
For me, i find comfort in hope. The ancient manuscript indeed is wise in her words as it is written “anyone who is among the living has hope.” Many times, disappointment will mark its ‘stamp of death’ on the aspiring achiever and causes the admission of defeat rather than to be brave and hope for better results.
It is only with hope of a different future would one give it another try, another go at what seems difficult. To appreciate hope one must also have the spirit of gratitude. It is difficult to understand hope without a firm grasp of gratitude. In my opinion, gratitude forms the anchor for hope. This is because if we have the ability to be grateful for whatever life circumstances thrown at us, we will be able to harvest the benefit of hindsight and not repeat mistakes or errors we made.
And to hope is truly a gift for the living. So long as we are alive, i think we owe it to ourselves to hold on to hope and give what’s worthwhile another try, another chance, another go. We should choose hope even if hope seems small and impossible at times.
After all, the other alternative which is hopelessness only leads to despair, bitterness and regret.