Wednesday 27th October 2021

What Is Hope? 4/52. #LifeThisWeek. 9/2019.

What Is Hope? 4/52. #LifeThisWeek. 9/2019.

This year I hope to be well and continue to progress as successfully as I am in terms of my health

I am hoping that my next visit to my Head & Neck Cancer surgeon will bring only good news.

It is hoped that all the children who are born into this world today will have health, shelter and love in their lives.

What is hope?

I really cannot qualify it. My statements of hope above are a mix of “good wishes and good luck”.

I went to quotations sites and here are ones about hope that had meaning for me.


Where there’s life, there’s hope.

Theocritus (c.270 BC)

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

Desmond Tutu

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

Thich Nhat Hanh

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Thomas Norton & Thomas Sackville (1536-1608)

Hope is a beautiful thing. It gives us peace and strength, and keeps us going when all seems lost. Accepting what you cannot change doesn’t mean you have given up on hope. It just means you have to focus your hope on more humanly tangible and attainable goals.

Julie Donner Andersen

Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.

Barbara Kingsolver

You’ve gotta have hope. Without hope life is meaningless. Without hope life is meaning less and less.

Author Unknown

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.

Anne Lamott

Then I gathered some photos from my collection which are messages I see as hope.

What is hope?


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Joining Alicia here for Open Slather and Kell here for Mummy Mondays.

Next Week’s Optional Prompt: 5/51. Share Your Snaps. 4/2/19.



  1. Beautiful thoughts Denyse and a wonderful way to start our week. Hope is something we should always believe in and remember, even in our darkest moments. There is something within me and all of us that is called hope. Even though at times we feel life or a situation is hopeless there is always a way, it is just a matter of finding it and never giving up. I enjoyed all of the quotes but the last one resonated with me the most “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.” Have a great week and thank you for the link up and this week’s prompt. xx

    • Thank you for your wonderful words too Sue. Hope is a beautiful word but it sure is slippery to pin down so maybe that is why it is so beautiful. Beauty cannot be captured or defined easily either.

      Happy almost the end of January week!! Very best wishes to your small school starter too.

      Denyse x

  2. It was a very interesting task, to define hope. It’s quite hard to pin down exactly. Good prompt. I also notice the deleting posts not suitable for your audience. Has that always been there or have I missed a scandal? (I am probably supremely unobservant and it’s always been there! Ha!). I too find sunrise very hopeful – the colours across the sky, no matter what’s going on, always bring a little ‘something’ to the expectations – that maybe, just maybe, things won’t be THAT bad….

    • Welcome back!
      The notice about deleting posts has been there for quite some time.

      It was a post that was not suitable (can’t remember the deets) and was a man trying to add posts not only here but on other link ups so, he was sent that message from me and I decided to add the statement to my ‘blurb’ above.

      Yes I did wonder about even trying to pin hope down but with some help from others far better from me it happened.

      Enjoy the last week of Jan, the first week back to school…..and all that brings.

      Denyse x

  3. Beautiful quotes and I love your interpretations of the word – I’m with Desmond Tutu, hope is seeing the light even when you are surrounded by darkness.

  4. Of the above, I like Desmond Tutu’s the best. To me, it’s always about the sunrise. No matter how dark, the sun will rise tomorrow and the day after and the one after that.

    • The sunrise gives us hope every single day, no doubt about it, and your beach pictures attest to that.

      Happy almost the end of January!

      Denyse x

  5. Beautiful post Denyse. I hope for your continued health and happiness. Health is really the most important thing. X

  6. Thanks, Denyse, for sharing your thoughts on hope and the quotes. To me hope gives us something to look forward to, and usually for the better. It’s even more important to have hope for our survival in dark times.

  7. I think Hope is what pulls us through the tough times Denyse (and also Faith in my case – Faith in a bigger picture and that God is in control). I don’t think everything works out exactly as we expect, but having the hope and faith that we will weather any storms and come out better and more resilient is a wonderful thing.

    • Oh yes, Leanne, that is true.

      I do not like “that was meant to happen” in any circumstances other than the best.

      I know that may differ from your beliefs but it is my view.

      I thank you for your words sharing what you think too. We are always here to learn from each other and help where we can.

      Denyse x

  8. Lovely thoughts there Denyse. I hope your next visit to the doctors goes well. The quotes are wonderful as are the pictures. Hope is interesting isn’t it – you need it to keep going, yet there are moments for instance when you are let down, you feel like a fool about being hopeful

    • Yes I can see what you mean so I tend to be an even-bet person. Looking at ALL the possibilities means I have the mix of pessimism and optimism.

      Hope. Sure makes us think and that in itself is good.

      I am a little more realistic about my doctor visits now that I am owning up to the “cancer fact” more. I think I had hidden it at the back of my mind when things were going well. And they are!

      Denyse x

  9. The main thing to remember about “Hope” is that it is active. It has a cousin called “resilience”. In being hopeful we take responsibility for what is not working in our lives and take action. Hope is not inactive.

    • Thanks for your view Diana on this matter of ‘hope’.
      I think you have made it clear about your perspective and I know it helps me to see more views of understanding of this thing called ‘hope.’

      Warm wishes sent your way,

      Denyse x

  10. All the best with your doctors visit. Some great quotes, it is always good to hope for the best.

  11. I love that last quote in particular Denyse but they’re all good! I like your personal hopes too and wish you well!