No, it is not love. Close, but not quite.
If you are reading this, you are probably not in bed. You got up and showered and dressed and are ready to go. Okay, maybe not. You are groggy and grimy and slogging down coffee. Who knows, perhaps you are in bed, reading this while propped up by pillows. Nonetheless, the fact is you went online to do or find something and wound up here, so you must have some plans or goals or at least a spark of curiosity you wanted to follow up. You want something, you’re looking to change the status quo, you have hope.
If you have a desire and pursue it – even in a half-assed way – you have hope. Love is grand, but hope is actually what makes the world go round.
You see, love can make us happy and fulfilled, but it can also make us complacent. If we are hoping for something, we are not quite fulfilled and thus not complacent. (Even if you do feel that you have all you need, you may be hoping to keep it all going, so you cannot be complacent.)
Hope — to achieve something, to improve something, to experience something — can be what gets us out of bed in the morning. If not — we could just be hungry or thirsty — it does keep us up and going. We may drive to work and do our job because we need money in order to live indoors and eat on a regular basis, but hope that your work makes a different or gives you a bigger bed and better food is what makes you put your best into your job. When we anticipate something good coming from our actions — better grades when we study, bigger harvest when we irrigate, a bonus for more sales — we are hoping and that action of hoping is what keeps us trying and pursuing and working on a project. When people hope, they work for change, and while it’s gravitational pull that actually makes the world go round, hope is what makes it worth staying on for the ride.