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Hoping is a very difficult state – at times one doesn’t even know what one is hoping for, it is a vague longing to change the circumstances one is facing or is in the middle of at a specific time. At other times hoping is specific and one can pinpoint exactly what the nature of completion may be. In either case, and all the variations between, one is not in control of the outcome; this can be liberating but it can also be a mental torture that consumes us and does not allow for other parts of our lives to continue on an even keel. If we are very hungry, or we or a loved one has a medical emergency, or we don’t yet know the results of a challenge or a test we may not be able to focus our attention on anything but what might or might not happen. In these circumstances the best we can do is to try to distract ourselves, though in severe cases this is almost impossible to do. But we must try or we may find that when what we hope for is not precisely what we get we may fall into a depression that includes lack of all hope, lack of interest in a future, or lack of determination to continue to pursue a goal. Distractions can include many things and even the act of searching for a distraction can take our minds from our sense of endless hoping. Isn’t focusing on hope exclusively somewhat futile?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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