Originally Posted by Angela
MrNotebook, Missing isn't talking about abandoning hope -- like, "the situation is hopeless." (please pardon me if I'm misinterpreting you, Missing.) I think (s)he is saying that hope, or any other emotion that depends on the future or the past for fulfillment and satisfaction, doesn't work well in living a life you love. So many people hang on to the hope that things will be different or get better, and by focusing on that hope, they remain blind to the reality of the moment. The hoped for relief from pain makes the present moment occur like nothing but pain, in contrast.
I agree that hope is overrated. It's not that we should "give up hope" in the sense that "things are hopeless"; it's just worth looking at the idea that boldly being present gives you the opportunity to powerfully make a difference that hoping, or other future-based living, does not. ..
Sorry, I just didn't get it what you wrote.
Here is the definition of "hope":
Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope implies a certain amount of despair, wanting, wishing, suffering or perseverance — i.e., believing that a better or positive outcome is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary.
To hope is to be OPTIMISTIC no matter what. Is it possible to overrate this?? We all hope that there is a meaning for our existence even though it looks at times like there is not.
Hope is built in mechanism within us, it is something that you can't turn off or stop... It is an ultimate life drive.
Don't mix up "hope" with "desire" or "wish"