Some people seem to have such strong attachments to the word hope.  I’m sure this will be evidenced in more than a few of the Blog-Off posts that will be appearing throughout the day.

Hope has taken on a rather severe identity in the recent past.  There exist many a charity that feed on hope as an inspiration and on harvesting it as a marketing tool.  For me, hope conjures images of things like wishes and dreams, fairy dust and rabbit feet.  That’s not to say I don’t believe in any of that.  I do.  Quite strongly, in fact.

Wishing on stars, throwing coins in a fountain or the simple crossing of fingers, I’ve done it all.  I seem to have been blessed (cursed?) with the unshakable belief that if you want something bad enough, it will always find a way of working itself out.

"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it."

It must be ten years since I first read that line in The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo and it has stuck with me ever since.  I think of it often.  Sometimes it comes to mind in moments when I want to convince myself that things are going to work out, while other times it’s when I realize I’m trying too hard to force something and not giving it any room to happen on its own. 

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that hard work is a big part of any successful equation and this is where I start to feel like the degenerate in the crowd.  For the reasons I employ hope in my life, no real work should be involved, none done by me, anyway.  I don’t hope for success in a business endeavour, that requires determination.  I don’t hope that a disease will be cured, I rely on science for that.  I don’t hope the litter box gets cleaned, that’s what Aaron’s for.

When so many people see hope as such a serious concept, I wonder why, to me, it is destined to be so lighthearted.  I hope that this heat lets up, that the book I’m reading turns out to be as good as I expect it to, that my friend at work gets on the same shift as me and that the Langley Thunder make the play-offs.  Given the power I’ve vested in hope, maybe I’m squandering all of mine on these trivial concerns, but hey, that leaves me more energy for the more demanding tasks at hand.


How serendipitous! 

Just as I was getting ready to publish this, running all around the house trying to get out the door on time (as per usual), I was in the middle of doing the requisite purse transfer and heard a bunch of change clanging around in the pocket of the bag I need to use tonight.  I reached inside, remembering it was given to me by someone with whom I shared a cab post wine & cheese.  I grabbed it and threw it down on the table, stopping only to count that there were four loonies and two quarters.  As I turned away, I noticed that one of the quarters didn’t look quite right.  I looked again and saw that it was one of those medallions people carry around with them.  You know the ones with an angel pictured on one side?  I flipped it over, expecting it to be imprinted with a word on the other side.  Sure enough, I was right.  That word?  HOPE.



14 Responses to “Hope”

  1. Jason Says:

    What’s a loonie?

  2. Dex Says:

    Is a loonie another term for Canadian money? You know, like meaning it’s not real?

  3. QueenieCarly Says:

    A loonie’s a dollar coin. Here in Canada we’ve done away with bills under $5. The two dollar coin is a toonie.

    And, yes, you’re right Amy… THIS ISN’T MONEY! 😉

    Nice to know I made an impression otherwise.

  4. kelly Says:

    I just posted – talk about waiting ’til the last minute.

  5. Nathan Pralle Says:

    I seem to have been blessed (cursed?) with the unshakable belief that if you want something bad enough, it will always find a way of working itself out.

    The question is, is this through some mysterious, cosmic force (god?), or is this simply because by focusing on a particular goal you are ensuring that every possible option that will bring that goal about will be pursued? I would say it has a lot more to do with the latter, which you seem to agree with.

    Great post, keep it up.

  6. Evey Says:

    “I don’t hope the litter box gets cleaned, that’s what Aaron’s for”

    You have no idea how I hard I just laughed as I read this. Thank God for Aaron.

    I think I agree that hard work is a large part of things working out the way we want. We can sit and hope all we want but what good will it do if we aren’t willing to do the work to help things along. Reading all these different posts has me once again thinking very differently of the meanings of this word. I suppose really it has its own meaning to all of us on a personal level.

  7. Courtney Says:

    I really like that quote from The Alchemist, but after reading Veronika Decides To Die, I’m undecided how I feel about the author. Should I read it anyway?

    I think hope is vital. I think without it we’re all a bunch of depressed zombie schmucks.

  8. Vegas Princess Says:

    “I don’t hope the litter box gets cleaned, that’s what Aaron’s for”

    I about spit my soda out on that one.

    I think your view of hope it refreshing. Because hope is a lighthearted feeling so using it on what you may call trivial things (which they are not) is exactly what it should be used for. For the big things I always though faith would take over. Hope is what we use when we hope a movie is good or we hope a friend calls. The fun stuff that makes life worthwhile.

  9. QueenieCarly Says:

    Evey & Amanda: I laughed when I wrote that too. Thanks for appreciate that!

    Courtney: Don’t give up on Coehlo. I think The Alchemist is the best one of his though, so at least read that, okay?

  10. Renee Says:

    loonies and toonies 🙂 sigh, miss them, all the money down here looks the same and it’s boring as hell.

    I have to read the Alchemist again, one of the best books I have ever read, actually THE best book…

  11. C~ Says:

    “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

    I love that quote. And the story about the Hope medal. Thanks for sharing them.

  12. Diane Says:

    I can totally relate to your litter box comment. That’s what my partner’s for too. Plus the washing and the washing up.

    Great post!

  13. Tara Says:

    I have purchased The Alchemist but I have yet to read it. I have only heard good things tho. Once I kick out the next Harry Potter it will be my next read.

  14. Lynn Tucker Says:

    Well I am very excited that a quote I just read myself is here in your post.
    This quote was referred to by another book. Neato!
    It is really cool how different the posts are for this word Hope.

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