Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. We all seem to know that, and readily accept it.
I would suggest, though, that there is one just as powerful, and at times, more powerful than Love:
Hope is what returns us to Love when Love has gone missing,
or is hiding, for whatever reason.
For that reason alone, Hope is pretty powerful. As powerful as Love.
Hope is ever-present. I call it the “Where’s Waldo?” of the Universe. Sometimes it’s not easy to find, but it’s always there.
We see examples of it all around us, every day. We see it in our kids, our friends, our co-workers. Every person is engaging in Hope on some level, every day. Going to the gym is an act of hope, eating healthy, saying prayers, being in a relationship – these are all acts of hope…a hope for something that brings joy, love, wellness, change, etc. The list goes on and on.
In our society the most obvious example of Hope is the proliferation of non-profit organizations and fundraising. Each and every one of these operations is selling Hope. Hope for something different. Better. Perhaps Great.
I used to be a fundraiser for a major medical school. I learned early on that I wasn’t selling a “thing” (like a scholarship, or research); I was selling Hope. It was a feeling that I was hoping to engender in my donors, by asking for their contribution, investment, or donation. Yes, their gift might help “do” something, but there was no guarantee. That’s where Hope comes in.
Hope is what happens when you have no guarantee, and you jump in any way. It’s the pathway to greatness, success, change, life, and yes, Love.
Hope makes everything possible.
Hope changes everything.
Hope is the most powerful tool in the Universe, which makes it on par with Love; because Hope always ~always~ provides a way.
=========P.S. If you want to see Hope in action…check out Francis. He’s the ‘Hope Pope’ of our times. Everything he does is powerful, because he does it from a place of Hope.