Don’t wish your life away! That’s quite a common saying, and yet, if we think about it, most probably true. Do you wish for a better future, or do you hope for one? I remember years ago having a conversation with a great friend about the difference between faith and belief. Contemplating the difference between hoping and wishing reminds me of that.
The word “hope” is defined as: to want something to happen. “Wish”, on the other hand, means to feel or express a strong desire for something that cannot or probably won’t happen. You can make a wish and throw a penny in the fountain. But that’s just it – wishful thinking. On the other hand, you hope something will happen because you’ve invested time and energy into it. Hoping is being proactive. It’s about grasping your future with both hands and taking the steps you have to take in order to get there. It’s about having the vision, believing in it and taking action in the hope that doing so will make it happen.
So, dream on. Create your vision of the future. What do you want it to look like? What do you want it to be? Then, do what you need to do to bring it to light, and hope that it will happen. Most likely, it will. If it doesn’t, surrender to grace.