Is there such a thing as too much hope or too little hope?
I was speaking to a friend the other day when they mentioned something that I’d never quite fully thought of before: there’s a difference between hope and faith. We’re told that faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. On the other hand, hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. One can have complete faith in themselves, that is, a high sense of esteem in terms of their worth, but have no hope at all for something, for example, to succeed in a specific situation. It’s quite hard to decipher the line between these two terms, but there is indeed a fine line.
This got me thinking. I’ve always had confidence in myself. I know that I am worthy and deserving. And yet, whenever faced with an opportunity, for example, an application for a program, I’m often quick to brush it off in the mindset that “there’s no way I’m getting in.” I often have little hope, but in no way does this mean that I have little faith in myself. I believe that am deserving of it, but hopeless that I will succeed. Paradoxical, isn’t it?
Closing in on hope specifically, my scarcity thereof has turned out both good and bad for me in the past. I’ve personally found that having limited hope magnifies my joy in success, and alleviates my disappointment in failure. Having too much hope, on the other hand, as I’ve observed in a few people in some incidents, makes a lack of success much more distressing than in those with less hope. But, then again, having too little hope can sometimes keep one from trying new things, as aforementioned, in the mentality that they will not succeed. Still, though, having a lot of hope can motivate one to work harder and garner all their effort towards their goals, a remedy for success.
Nevertheless, I think that we should strive to establish an equilibrium of hope, not too much, but not too little. Just enough to motivate us, and keep us going, but not in excess that non-fulfillment leads to immense misery. Hope can indeed be a dangerous thing. Irregardless, though, we should always have faith in ourselves. That’s what’s most important. Believe in yourself as deserving and worthy. Believe in yourself to stand up for your dream, maintaining the confidence and conviction that you can achieve what you want. Plenty of faith, but just enough hope to keep it real.
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Remember, plenty of faith, just enough hope 🙂