“The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination."
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Isn't it wonderful to think and believe that hope is a choice. We all have a journey to travel, and I know that the journey is made better with hope. I have been traveling a difficult road in the past several months. At first, I lost my hope. I could only focus on the difficulties, on the possible negatives. My eyes, my mind and my heart were closed to the hope of better things. I have discovered that the journey can be horrible, or amazing. It really is up to me. There used to be a sign along one of the old pioneer tracks that said simply, "Choose your rut carefully, you will be in it for the next 30 miles". We all travel in a rut or two along the way. Often, we can't change the direction of the journey, but we can choose the rut that we are traveling in. It might still be uncomfortable, it might still be hard, it might still even be one of the most difficult things we have ever endured, but we can choose to endure it well, we can choose to struggle through the rut and we can choose hope along the way.