My mum used to have a wonderful saying, “where’s there’s life there’s hope”… and she uttered those words right up until ALS prematurely took her life. I have always tried to be a hopeful person. Looking for the best in a situation and even in the darkest of times, knowing that the dawn was on it’s way.
When it comes to dreams and the plans that I have for the future, I noticed that I have gotten into the habit of describing things using the word hope. “Well the hope is that we will be moving to the US in the next two years”… “I hope to get as much of my online study done before we leave”… etc, etc. I noticed this was becoming a real habit for me.
So yesterday I decided to give up hope.
Hope is a wonderful thing, don’t get me wrong. But to my mind at least, hope still spoke of the possibility of failure. Even though it was a positive outlook to have, it allowed (even if only at the subconscious level), an out. The old, hope for the best and prepare for the worst, mentality. If things didn’t work out the way that I had “hoped”, well at least I gave it my best.
So from now on, I am giving up hope. In favour of intention.
Intention has always been powerful. Intention has a completely different energy about it. There is a determination and a persistence associated with intention. I can hope for something and when it doesn’t eventuate, oh well… I tried. But if I have an intention, I am much more likely to keep on going until it has reached fruition.
This may seem like semantics, and maybe to an extent it is. But I am in favour of whatever it is that fires your engines. Whatever it is that pushes you forward when every fibre of your being is telling you to quit. I have a feeling that Thomas Edison had a very strong intention to invent the lightbulb… not just a hope… not just a wish. 10,000 failed attempts before he found the one that worked, would suggest that his intention was strong. He never gave up hope, that’s true. But it was so much more than just hope.
So I am making the declaration. No more hope for me. From now on, it will be my firm intention. That which I wish to bring into my reality I will do with intent and the strength of conviction necessary to meet whatever challenges await… until my goals are a reality.