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Is Hope A Strategy?


Elsa
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What Do You Think?

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I really think it is. At the very least, Hope is getting me through some very tough times!

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Thanks.

I read it was *not a strategy but I kind of think along the lines you do. Not to say it's the *best strategy; however sometimes it all you've got! Smile

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@elsa Indeed. It's funny, the first thing I thought when I woke up today was 'plan for the worst, hope for the best' 😊

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Not a conscious strategy, but a spontaneous survival mechanism. 

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I don’t think so. There’s a lens that I’ve looked through that showed this, but it showed everything to be a strategy. It didn’t feel like the whole picture. The whole picture to me leaves room for spontaneous inspiration, connection, beauty, grace and endless possibilities. There’s just things that are out of our range of awareness and hope acknowledges that. It’s honest and I think strategy has a dishonesty to it. 

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There’s just things that are out of our range of awareness and hope acknowledges that.

Wow. I like this. This works for me. I can use this; this perspective, this definition of "hope". Thank you!

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Interesting... I must be meant to ponder this theme because it's the second time it is put on my radar today.

Earlier today I came upon this quote, which is a character in a novel speaking:

"Hope may be an illusion, but it's what keeps you from jumping in the river or swallowing hemlock. Hope is a beautiful lie and it requires talent to create it for others. And back then on that day when they say it first began, I truly believed that the creation of hope was the greatest of all the arts, the noblest of all the lies. I was wrong."
 
-- Karen Maitland, Company of Liars (a novel)

Personally, I have never been able to (fully/truly) subscribe to "hope". But I have been changing my values, beliefs, strategies, coping mechanisms, behaviors, you name it - in the last few years. Maybe I need to now reconsider this thing called "hope".

 
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