Pandora’s Box

by Jan on February 23, 2011

“HOPE is what makes us strong. It is why we are here. It is what we fight with when all else is lost.”
– Pandora’s last words

Pandora is one of the most recognized Greek mythical characters, thousands of years old. In this tale, Pandora was the first woman, created by Zeus. Upon her creation, the gods gave her many gifts – beauty, charm, wit, artistry, and cunning; the last gift was curiosity. Included with the gifts was a box, which she was told emphatically, “Never open the box.”

Her inquiring mind kept nagging at her.
•  What could be in this box?
•  Why was it so important to keep it restrained inside?

In one telling of the story, she hid the box deep in the ground – and guess what? She dug it up. Such is the pull of curiosity.

Underneath everything, there is HOPE
Finally, she could hold back no longer, she lifted the lid, and out flew all the evils of the world, such as toil, illness and despair. But at the bottom of the box lay HOPE.

Pandora was so frightened by what she saw, she wanted to close the box. In the version I like best, she decided to let HOPE out – but she let it out last, which is why it is often the last thing to arrive when someone is in pain – emotional or physical. When all else is gone, HOPE arrives.

HOPE wins
When HOPE arrives, it is like a fresh breeze, releasing the old negativity, just as it did with Pandora’s box. Only then, once it is released, is there room for fresh ideas, more promising options and the ability to smile with authenticity.

And HOPE always smiles on us.

Read Pandora’s story in more detail.