For these of you who know me and my vision for Hope Boulevard, you know my tagline/go-to-phrase is Hope With Abandon. What you may perhaps not know is what that suggests to me. And what it can mean to you!
Dante Alighiere was a 14th-century Italian poet and philosopher. Right here is a line from one particular of his poems.
Midway in the journey of our life
I came to myself in a dark wood
Does that sound familiar to anybody? Or is it just me? Am I the only one particular who has ever located themselves wandering about in the middle of their life in the dark?
The poem he wrote was referred to as “Inferno” (the Italian word for Hell), and it was the very first in the Divine Comedy trilogy. The poem requires the reader (and Dante) by way of Hell’s nine circles of torment. (Tends to make me wonder why it was referred to as a comedy.) Turns out through that time period, literature was categorized either as a tragedy (sad ending) or comedy (delighted ending). It would look nine circles of hell would certainly be deemed a tragedy, but Inferno is only the very first poem. By the finish of the trilogy, Dante is in Heaven, and that surely qualifies as a delighted ending.
Anyway, back to my original believed. In the poem, as Dante approaches the Gates Of Hell these had been the words inscribed there “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”. This would be a fair assessment, thinking of his predicament at the moment and exactly where his path brought him. Honestly, this is exactly where a lot of of us really feel we have landed at varying points in our lives, and if we do not make a conscious work to do otherwise, it is effortless to despair.
So, I decided to flip the script.
Hope With Abandon is my reversal play on Dante’s words and OUR ultimate guide to turning the tables on our situations.
What does it appear like to Hope With Abandon? Let’s break it down.
Abandon – in the truest sense, is to stroll away from give up. It is my challenge right now for us all to abandon our fears, stroll away from our discomfort, and opt for to give up our misery. Then, from the joyful side of the definition Abandon expressly represents a total lack of restraint and a promoting out to the confident expectation of great. Study that once again: a confident expectation of great!
I genuinely need for Hope Boulevard to make a distinction and provide the one particular point we all have to have regardless of our beliefs, biases, culture, race, economic status, predicament or background.
HOPE is a universal have to have for all of us.
Is this constantly effortless? Completely not. I am not immune to loneliness, defeat, worry, struggles and concerns. I have recognized failure and I admit weakness. But I also acknowledge that I will not be defined by these factors. It is a decision you and I have to make each and every day to rise above the darkness and turn towards the light.
This is my pledge and declaration and I encourage you to make it as well:
I have the freedom and decision to spontaneously and willingly anticipate the wild beauty that is mine to take pleasure in in this life. I will target joy and aim only in the path of the meaningful. I will strive to be grateful and humble and think in the inexhaustible goodness of God and His objective for me. I will:
HOPE WITH ABANDON!