19 April 2014

With HOPE in my heart


"We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction
that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon."
  - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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HOPE - that oft dream-like feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen - is necessary in our quest to achieve our life goals, big or small.  I'd even go as far as to say it's a prerequisite, for without Hope, what's the point?  We might as well be machines.  True, merely hoping won't get you anywhere because there are no free rides in life; inescapably, one must DO in order to ACHIEVE, but the fact remains there must first be HOPE.

Approaching 50, I've sorely underachieved on so many fronts I could write a novella - boring as it would no doubt be - about the things I had hoped - but failed - to achieve.  The cruel reality is that, for most of us, the obstacles and challenges lain along life's rocky road can often seem insurmountable.  Having said that, challenges equate not impossibilities.  For this reason, I continue to harbour hope of someday overcoming some, if not most, of my life challenges.  I must; I don't have a choice.  I have dreams.


On this note, it's no coincidence that one of my favourite tunes is Rodger & Hammerstein's classic "You'll Never Walk Alone"; it's also the anthem of my beloved Liverpool FC.  It goes, "at the end of the storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark".  More notably, it tells us, in the face of adversity, to "walk on with hope in your heart".  Whilst I'm hardly one from the mushy mushy brigade who're obsessed with trying to tie every conceivable event in their life to the lyrics a song, 'You'll Never Walk Alone" is different.  It's relevant.  It inspires and it gives hope.  It gives me hope.

And so it is that after having spent the recent past reflecting on what I've achieved thus far and what I've not, and what my next move on Life's chessboard is going to be, I am now more hopeful than I'd ever been.  In the process, I was also inspired to adopt "With HOPE in my heart" as my blog's new title (I never was entirely happy with the previous one) as a reminder of how I should continue to approach and weather the remaining years of my life.... which I suspect aren't many.


Whilst I'm not so foolish as to believe my life will, by merely hoping, become a bowl of cherries by lunchtime tomorrow, I also know its future isn't by any measure bleak.... because there is hope.  There's always hope.  We just need to plan and employ our resources as best we can and work towards achieving our life goals.  But in doing so, we must also hope for the best, because hope and one's outlook on life are directly (and might I add, delicately) correlated; forgo one and you'll likely want to forgo the other.  Therefore, live life with HOPE in your heart.  Today.  Tomorrow.  Always.





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