Hope—what is it, and what does it mean?

As we’ve been on this journey, even in the planning stages, Gary and I have talked a lot about what hope is and what it means for different people…

Today, after seeing the man basically living in the bushes, it made me think a lot about hope and what it means to me. We’ve talked about what hopes are, what we want people to hope for, etc. In the everyday world, I’ve always viewed hope as something that is already positive—be it a smiling child, a fresh flower, a sunset or a couple married many years….those things that bring a smile and joy to our hearts. A couple of times Gary has seen people or things that to me bring despair or sadness, but he has viewed them as hope—the hope he has that these people’s lives will get better, and he has helped when he can. That is one of the things that I’ve admired in him since we first met, his ability to always see the good and the potential.

As we go, I’ll try and take more pictures of what hope is for each of us…and I’m guessing we’ll learn more about it with each person we encounter along the way.
“Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope.” Unknown
This is a quote that I found long ago, and I think it really exemplifies Gary’s hopes and his whole being.

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