There Is Hope
I dedicate this article to "The Hope," UCC's Valco Hall President-2016/2017.
Some people wonder why my hope as a promising writer remains unflinching in every sense of the word. You may also be quite sceptical of my dreams because they seem unrealistic, yet my unwavering hope believes otherwise. I know our Ghanaian society suffers from actue mediocrity, but I firmly hope to emerge as a world champion in the writing fraternity. Yes, I am unperturbed by failure oriented circumstances at the moment. Hope tells me that mighty success will be my ultimate prize. After all, "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all," Dale Carnegie revealed. Oh I will never abandon hope since it lubricates my path to rare greatness in the face of sickening struggles.
Now let us figure out the true essence of hope in everyday life. Hope, according to Wikipedia, is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. And hope is even a fundamental principle in Christian living which works in sync with faith and love (1 Corinthians 13:13). Also, "Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air...but only for one second without hope;" I couldn't agree more with Harold Lee Lindsey, an American evangelist and Christian writer. And according to Thich Nhat Hanh, "Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear hardship today."
Moreover, hope is a priceless attitude required in the pursuit of wonderful goals. In fact, the greatest personalities in the world today had hoped to become incredibly successful irrespective of their past hustles. They saw a very glorious light far ahead despite all the pitch-darkness myopic souls were accustomed to. Here is an inspiring story to prove the veracity of hope. Mike Tyson saw Muhammad Ali's last match at age 14 and got mad at Larry Holmes who beat Ali. Tyson got Ali on the phone and said, 'I'll grow up and get him back for you.' 7 years later, Tyson met Holmes. Retired Ali stepped into the ring and said, 'Remember what you promised.' Tyson destroyed Holmes in the 4th round. Gosh, that is the practical power of hope!
"Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future," as Robert H. Schuller, a US televangelist and motivational speaker, advised. For "he who does not hope to win has already lost," according to Jose Joaquin Olmedo. Forget the dream killers, wet blankets and naysayers; let your hopes be your central preoccupation. Discard any logic that seeks to undermine your burning ambition to do the unthinkable. Hope is mightier than conventional thoughts; hope and logic are often at variance. Above all, "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic powerful as expectation of something tomorrow," Orison Swett Marden strongly declared. Hope, hope and hope for the best, but expect the worst too.
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