Hope is my word for 2019.

Hope is ‘a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen’. Why choose ‘hope’? Because, if I am to be very honest, a little spark of hope was re-ignited late last year and I knew I didn’t want to lose it. The year had been a tough one.

They say HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL which apparently means it’s human nature to always find fresh cause for optimism. What better cause’ could there be than to celebrate a whole year with an optimistic outlook!

Here are a few things I hope for my family –
  • I hope my youngest granddaughter enjoys her first year at school.
  • I hope my eldest grandson finds a secure position in the workforce.
  • I hope my eldest granddaughter and my daughters and their families enjoy their overseas travel – one family on a cruise, some in Japan and another in Malaysia.


On a more personal note here are 5 key things I hope for this year.

1. I hope I achieve all my aspirations for 2019!

2. My biggest HOPE is to finish my current contemporary fiction novel and start down the road of publication. I also hope to write two or three short stories and have them published.

3. On a different front, I am glad of the closer bond being created between my brothers and myself in co-caring for my mother and while this is a mixed bag, I hope the outcome builds on what is already a very sound foundation for the future.

4. I hope to deepen bonds with friends, both long time and new.

5. On the spiritual front, I am delighted to have discovered an amazing alternative therapy and I hope that Peiec (yes, the spelling is correct!) continues to be part of my life as I re-connect with my inner core.

Here are some other connotations that define HOPE and which resonate with me.

Letting go is part of hope!

This year I hope to maintain a positive outlook no matter what life throws my way.

A little like Maureen Helen’s word, Serenity, I hope to be calmer this year and more at peace with life and its challenges. I aim to let go of rubbish thoughts and disillusionment and let faith slip in through the cracks so that hope grows into a small fire.

Do you live in the hope of

… or with the expectation of and desire for a particular outcome? I know I write in the hope of publication. Whether that is of my contemporary fiction novel, my short stories or my poems. The reason I hope for publication is I believe I have something to say that may help others, give pleasure or answer a question.

Have you ever felt as though there’s not a hope…

… no chance at all of turning the clock back? I want to! I wish I could hold onto those formative years before my granddaughter starts school!

I always hope for the best

… for a favourable outcome. Sometimes I’ll rail against the gods, or a situation but a note of optimism flickers through my mind and even if it means turning an expectation on its head to get a good result, that’s just what I’ll do. I think this is simply a way of being.

One can hope against hope…

… that is, cling to a mere possibility or to hope against hope to find a way out of a situation. I apply this to wishing a terminal health condition in a loved one could be cured. It is false hope, but knowing about the condition well in advance we are blessed to have time to enjoy being together before the inevitable

The old fashioned meaning of hope is ‘a feeling of trust’.

To me this gives hope strength and legs, a foundation to leap from. Realising this, I can only step forward into each new day and step up to meet its challenges. Here’s to hope.

I used the following reference for the above range of meanings for the word hope. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-ab&q=hope

Featured Image and Image (1) are courtesy of Cameron Costigan
Image (2) by ESDunn.

Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Range, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child and is a life-long passion. Susan is also passionate about reading and attributes much of her learning to the wonderful world of literature. She enjoys photography and art and loves to write the occasional poem. She is often found indulging in a good cup of coffee and gazing over the hills from her backyard.

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