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?