The other day after a particularly harrowing day of tweets, notices in the mail, and yet another robocall cautioning identity theft, I escaped to (I confess) viewing an episode of "Once Upon A Time." Good overcoming evil. The hero(ine) finding love. The wicked, whatever, getting their come up'ins. (I wonder where that phrase originated.) In all this fantasy, it came to me that an aspect of reality flows in the tales of dragons, aliens, and wishes come true -- hope. The main character (To those who remember their high school writing class, the protagonist.) has hope. The belief that everything will work out in the end ... "And if it is not alright, it is not the end."Hope for an unknown future that in the present moment seems completely implausible.
What defines hope? Merriam-Webster has its definition, yes. However, from all my indulgence into the arena of fantasy, the following sounds truest:
Hope is ... H
Hanging on. That no matter the trial, no matter the set back. The hero(ine) hangs on, keeps going.
Hope is ... O
Opening up. Whatever they are given, come up against, the hero(ine) remains open for what is yet to be seen.
Hope is ... P
Pondering possibilities. In a tale of fantasy there appears, when least expected, a possibility. An open door behind a hidden curtain. A minor character having immense powers waiting for an opportunity to use them. Whatever, the hero(ine) never lets go of possibility being there.
Hope is ... E
Engaging life. Throughout a story, the main character continues to live life as it unfolds. Boldly going where ... (ok, I am getting a bit carried away.) Yet, still, the path is taken, the meal eaten, the new friend, found through the trial, embraced. The lead character continues to be actively involved in life.
So today ... Just for Today ... whatever challenge or trial you may encounter, face it with hope.
P. S. In the episode I was watching the heroine shares with a troubled soul, "Hope is a choice.