Monday, 25 January 2016

The A to Z Guide to Life – H is for Hope.

Moods move.
They shift.
They swing.
They undulate.

And if you measure them with Moodscope, you’ll see they flow up and down, and down and up again. They rise and fall like an equally exhilarating yet hazardous trip along an undulating Mountain road. In profile, they look like the edge of a Yale Key... and hope is the key to unlocking that difference between exhilaration and danger.

With all this movement, we each need some stability. This stability is called ‘Hope’ – with a  Capital ‘H’. Not the current common understanding of ‘hope’ – that’s just wishful thinking, but rather the original Greek meaning: a sure and certain, positive expectation to do with the future and the unseen.

This kind of hope is an anchor for the soul – the psyche – keeping us connected when all else is tossed by the storm. The metaphor for modern Hope is the gimbal. This is the clever balancing device that keeps your camera’s vision steady when everything else is chaotic and moving. You may have seen one in action on one of the helicopter drones that are currently all the rage.

This ability to stay stable is why I think Hope is essential for Moodscopers.

Hope is only ever future and unseen – who hopes for what they see? Most English speaking people would understand it more as ‘faith’ – but it isn’t. It’s different. ‘Faith’ is ‘now’. ‘Hope’ is ‘then’.

It is not wishy-washy, as in the English “I hope so”. It’s rock steady. So, given this definition, what do you Hope for?

What’s the rock steady vision to do with the future and the unseen that keeps your course straight in the midst of the storm?

Some examples may help our discussion. I ‘know’ that the amazing upbringing my eldest son and daughter-in-law are giving my grand-daughters will set them up for success in life. This is Hope.

What do you Hope for?

I have a sure and certain expectation that passing on my learning to my three sons and their partners will give them an opportunity to learn from my mistakes and my successes, and offer them an accelerated path to future success and joy.

Sound like ‘Legacy’ thinking, doesn’t it?

I Sure Hope So...
[and this keeps me going]

Lex
A Moodscope member.

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