I have attended two funerals in the last two weeks and learned a neighbour of ours took their own life which really made me reflect on the fragility of life. So I sat in the little yellow beach hut and wrote a brief thought about fearing what might happen and hoping what might happen in my future.
Most people consider hope a good thing. Most people consider fear a bad thing. It took me 48 years to realise that they are both two sides of the same ‘very bad’ coin.
When I hope for something to happen OR I fear something that might happen I am thinking about a future not in my control. Fear therefore is a form of negative hope. Both are forms of anticipation, as I try to forecast the future and experience emotions in line with those predictions.
Fear is worrying and hope is wanting and I don’t need either of them in my life and may I suggest neither do you.
Hearty handshakes from me to you.