“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ~ Desmond Tutu

What is hope? Chambers Concise Dictionary indicates that: hope is a desire (that something good will happen), with some expectation of success or fulfilment……… A light at the end of the tunnel perhaps?

What is optimism? The same dictionary indicates that: optimism is a belief that everything is ordered for the best; a disposition to take a bright hopeful view of things……… A glass half full perhaps?

Also, are hope and optimism different things? It appears that they are at the least intertwined.

During this present COVID-19 crisis, quite understandably, there is an enormous amount of unease, anxiety, stress and fear out there. There is also a lot of discussion on ‘mindfulness’ and how it may help during this time. However, what do we really understand about our attitudes and mindsets to give us any meaningful, hopeful or optimistic outlook?

Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

These great words and variations on them have been variously ascribed to the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Gandhi and Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (i.e. basically meaning; you are what you think).

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