Sunday, October 7, 2012

How important is Hope?

Having hope is defined as having an expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. We can hope for many things during our lifetime. Some hope for new cars, some for love, and others hope it will not rain tomorrow. Some people simply hope for peace of mind.

I have learned a little something about Hope. During the last two decades working with families of missing persons, I have seen the unimaginable. When faced with the unthinkable, I found maintaining hope is necessary for the survival of us humans. I have learned that maintaining hope can anchor the soul during life's most turbulent times.

If we have nothing to look forward to, we can become easily consumed by the darkness of fear and apathy. When experiencing feelings of indifference it is impossible to see light at the end of the tunnel and without hope, we lack emotion, excitement, and the drive to even get to the end of the tunnel.

Some may not understand how one could sink to such depths because we all experience crisis in our lives differently. The fact is, we do not need to understand how it happens. What is important is our ability to identify it. This moment of recognition could save a life. As much as hope is something we contain within ourselves, by reaching out to another person in his or her time of desperation - hope becomes a gift. ~ Kym L. Pasqualini