“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”
Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters
That is what we hope for, just a moment, a portion, a small piece of the best. That is what we live for and pray for and wish for. But I don't think it is usually the best things that we want. I don't think that it is material stuff that we need. I think that vision, that hope, is to find the best in ourselves. Something that speaks to our hearts and reminds us who we are.
We all have trials and difficulties. Sometimes, life feels to me like we go from letter to letter, with a lot of losing in between. The trials can sometimes be the only things we see. They can be so overwhelming that we forget to hope, we forget to dream. Sometimes, we even forget how to really live. We get so focused on what has happened; on the sorrow and the heartache that surrounds us, that we forget to look ahead at the possibilities. We look so hard at the negative, that we forget to enjoy the good letters when they come. We forget that in all our anguish, there are still good things. Perhaps, one of the best ways to have hope is to start believing that good things will happen. That the darkness will pass. That the light will shine again. Part of allowing ourselves to hope, is to believe that there is more than just this moment. It is to believe in our own personal best. It is to believe that we will succeed and move on. Hope can be lost easily, but, with just a little more effort, it can also be found.