Welcome to Hope on Hope

by Jan on February 8, 2011

“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– Henry James, American Writer

photo of a gift being presentedAs a 27-year old mother of three very young children, I was near death when I made a plea for life, followed by a promise: I would make my life count and do my best to make a difference in the world – if I lived.

Since then, life experiences have led me to the idea that hope is an essential ingredient of a fulfilling life. Hope is not wishful thinking, but the seed for our potentials, and that hopeful people do not give up easily.

It was 15 years ago that I took the name HOPE as my last name. I wanted to own the essence of hope rather than the sometimes hopeless and despairing inner turmoil I lived with for so long.

It worked. It has taken courage to grow up and into the realization that I can make good on my promise.

Today, I am happily retired, or as some people say, “living the dream,” and yet that voice has been nagging me that there is more for me to do. I woke up a few weeks ago finally knowing what I want to do to complete the vow I made so many years ago.

I want to share what I have learned about HOPE – that mysterious creative force at the heart of what makes our lives filled with possibilities. HOPE is the beginning of empowerment and it resides in each of us. It is my dream to make a difference by writing to you. I will tell my story as well as the story of many whom I have met who live hopefully. I also encourage you to share your story with me, and allow me to continue to share it with others.

I’m making good on a promise – one that I made many years ago. So join me on this new quest, to bring the idea of HOPE as a real substance in life, to as many people as will receive it.

Janice Hope

Founder, Hope on Hope