HOPE is definitely NOT the same thing as optimism.
HOPE is not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.
-source unknown, submitted by Missy M. New Hope, MN
Hope is a state of mind, not of the world…
It is an orientation of the spirit,
an orientation of the heart;
it transcends the world that is immediately experienced,
and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons…
Hope, in this deep and powerful sense,
is not the same as joy that things are going well,
or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for ….success,
but rather, an ability to work for something because it is good,
not just because it stands a chance to succeed.
-Vaclav Havel, submitted by Laurie F., Chicago IL