I now believe hope gives us a reason to get up in the morning. It gives us something to look forward do. It isn't "Gee I hope it get it." It is a sense of knowing what to work toward. Goodness, it took me years to figure that out.
I love what Norman Cousins had to say about hope: “The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.”
I think when I sang "High Hopes" at camp in the summer I did believe that little old ant could move that rubber tree plant. It wasn't about wishing, but about a sense of destination, plus that energy to get started. I now see why that song always inspired me.
I will remember now the part in the quote from Cousins about energy. Often we are hopeful to start a project, finish a project, weed the garden, organize a room, or fill in the blank with whatever is on that list of things to do. Often the energy is just not there to get started. I am going to hang on to that idea of " a sense of destination and the energy to get started." That gives me hope.
I hoped for gardens that would provide beauty around me. At first I thought is was wishing, but now I see that it really is a destination. I am still moving toward that destination. I think this is the new sign I need in my garden. Hope can bloom.