Definitions: (1) desire for good accompanied with a belief that it is obtainable; (2) expecting to get what one wants and/or needs; (3) having the vision, energy, and ability to turn dreams into reality

Synonyms: confidence, expectation, starry-eyed

Compatible Qualities: optimism

Consequential Quality: long-suffering

Music: “Over the Rainbow” (1939) — Edgar Yipsel Harburg (1896-1981) American lyricist

Saying: Hold on to undying hope.

Idiom: Be a beacon of hope.

• Hope springs eternal in the human breast. — Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet
• Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing and no good thing ever dies. — Frank Darabont (1959-) The Shawshank Redemption {1992}
• If the universe seems to be trying to destroy you, the best way to fight back is with hope. — Glen David Brin (1950-) Brightness Reef {1995}
• Hope is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It is the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. — Vaclav Havel (1936-) Czech poet and politician

The Basics in Life:
1. Values
2. Meanings
3. Hopes – goals and desires
4. Needs
5. Experiences

Reflection: Hope is aspirational but its engine is tenacity. It runs on spunk with an overview of determination. Each small step is a victory. Each corner turned is a milestone. The ratchet locks into place and you never need to go back.

Comment: You can get there from here. You can always get to nirvana or normalcy or wherever you want to get, even if you are between a rock and a hard place. Be grounded where you are and continue your journey. As you make up a new life, look back and gather the best of what you have achieved to make progress through the benevolent use of your experience.

Colors: blue, green, orange, rainbow

Symbols: 1) seeds; 2) the anchor; 3) the helmet; 4) water lilies