Abandon “Hope”?

Václav Havel, leader of the Velvet Revolution, the poet-playwright who became president of the new Czech Republic, wrote:

  • “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”

In the latest issue of The Intelligent Optimist Margaret Wheatley writes:

  • Hope is such a dangerous source of motivation. It’s an ambush, because what lays [sic] in wait is hope’s ever-present companion, fear . . . Expectation is premeditated disappointment.”

One does not hope for failure, of course; but failure is a great teacher. Meanwhile, we muddle along, doing the best we can. We plan for the worst and hope for the best; but (as my friend Ronan always says), “It is what it is,” no matter how it turns out.

With that in mind, I finally got the police to arrest my roommate for assault. Now I am looking forward to a new Spring and a new roommate, and (as the poet said), “Hope springs eternal .  .  .”

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