The American Heritage Dictionary defines "Hope" as a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.
We hope for the future, we hope for change in government, work status, wealth, and love. We hope for health and wellbeing for ourselves, our children, family and friends. We hope Gene Chizik doesn't screw up Auburn football, while Alabama fans hope that he does. We hope our kids will make the right decisions in life. We hope we make the right decisions concerning our spouses and kids. We hope we've done well on our projects, and exams or homework. We hope for a better life now, and a possible life after death. We hope we're doing it right, whatever "it" is. We hope, hope, hope and we hope a lot.
Now some things we hope for are really frivolous, but what about the things we hope for and have control over? When does "hope" become a crutch? Is it possible that hoping so much for something to change, prevents you from making that change. What if the opportunity to change your life is the path branching off beside you, but you miss it because your eyes are focused on the hope that the path you're currently on is going to bring about that very change?
Christopher Reeve once said "Once you choose hope, anything's possible." I think if you combine the words of Superman with something Walt Disney said, "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." you have a formula to make your hopes a reality and gain the fuel to sustain them for a lifetime.