But the one I'd like to talk about tonight is "Hope". We all need hope! But why do we have sayings like "Don't get your hopes up!" I actually recently completed a song that starts out with the following lines:
Don't let me get my hopes up, I've been there before
Don't let me even taste love, then I'll only want it more
Why would I write something like that?
Being a single parent can be a lonely job. Not only lonely because you don't have that special intimate relationship, but it can be lonely because you have to make all the tough decisions alone. And even when you have positive things to celebrate...there is no one there to celebrate with.
For the most part it doesn't bother me too much. I've grown accustomed to living alone and parenting alone. It actually has its benefits because you don't have to consult with anyone else about your decisions. You just rally the kids together, jump in the car and go!
But then occasionally there will be that glimmer of hope that maybe it could be different. Maybe it could even be better. And you get your hopes up!
I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. But I think those are the times that I need to focus more on the other poetry bottle that says "Thanks: With 100% Gratitude" because it's easy to be disappointed when your hopes aren't fulfilled. You can actually start feeling a bit hope-less. And if you're not careful you can start acting hopeless. So in times like these it's important to focus on gratitude. Forget about what is lacking in your life and focus on what is abundant. It certainly doesn't take long to think of a list of things to be grateful for. And before you know it...you actually start feeling hopeful again!
Musical Reference - "Soulshine" by Gov't Mule