It’s Time to Get “Hoptimistic”
Some people differentiate hope and optimism by describing hope as the unwavering belief to face any uncertainty and optimism as the practical means of approaching life to make hope possible.
I like to think of the two, however, as a single, united concept,
together creating one way of being
Pronounced “hop” like a rabbit (a favorite of mine!) and optimistic just as one would normally say it, a “hoptimist” is someone who desires and hopes for the world to be a better place, but thinks, speaks and acts as if the moment, right now, in joy or in loss, is entirely enough. Choosing to see the positive as well as the negative, hoptimists realize the existence of “negative” circumstances, but, they do not allow such circumstances to lead to negative feelings and emotions or allow the challenges to influence them into damaging or hurtful actions.
As I see it
Hope requires faith while optimism requires awareness.
Hope is knowing that something better is possible, optimism is knowing it already is.
Simultaneously seeing the moment for the positive opportunity that it provides, AND aspiring further towards an experience, a calling, a dream that seems so far off is exactly what being “hoptimistic” is all about.
Seem confusing or contradictory? Perhaps, but maybe that is exactly what it takes to be a “hoptimist” seeing the glass half-full even after it is spilt and BELIEVING that the next time you go reaching for that glass of milk that it will end up in your mouth instead of on the kitchen floor.
Hoptimists spill milk.
Hoptimists feel each and every drop of milk cascading from the counter.
Hoptmists may even cry for the fallen liquid.
But hoptimists, however, never stay around long enough to get wet.
Faith won’t let them.