Hope opens doors. Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God and the basic goodness of man. Hope “lights a candle instead of cursing the darkness.” Hope discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot be done. Hope looks for the good in people, instead of focusing on the worst in them. Hope is a belief combined with a trust that there is something good that will happen – even though we can’t see it yet. Hope is not an illusion. It is not belief in magic. However, hope knows that limits often lie beyond the confines of our fears. In early sobriety, our lives are so messed up, that we have to get that hope from others. I heard a saying once that hope is being at the deepest darkest part of your life and trusting that when you take your next step, you’ll either step on something solid or you’ll be taught how to fly.

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