Hope is looking to the future with trust and faith. It is optimism in the face of adversity. Without hope, we lose our will to live fully. Hope gives us the courage to keep moving forward. It can be elusive when we have suffered often, yet it is the light that can redeem our dreams. With hope, we know we are not alone. There is always help when we are willing to ask. There are gifts to be gleaned from all that happens. With hope, we find the confidence to try and try again.


The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. 

— Barbara Kingsolver

 The Practice of Hope

  • I maintain a positive attitude.
  • I embrace my life fully.
  • I have faith in the value of life.
  • I have the confidence to succeed.
  • I seek to discern life’s lessons.
  • I persevere through all conditions.
Definitions and practices of virtue are used with permission from the Virtues Project™.

In Family Life

The virtue of hope in a family is akin to a gentle yet unwavering flame that illuminates the path through life’s challenges. It is demonstrated by fostering an atmosphere of optimism and resilience, where family members support one another through difficult times, buoyed by the belief that better days are ahead.

Hope within a family means encouraging dreams and aspirations, nurturing a sense of possibility, and instilling the conviction that setbacks are but temporary detours on the road to a brighter future. It is reflected in the way family members come together to find solutions, offering solace and strength when needed most, and continually reaffirming their belief in each other’s potential.

In essence, hope in a family is a source of inspiration, a constant reminder that, together, they can weather any storm and reach for the stars.

Balancing Hope

Perceptiveness: This virtue helps us balance hope by ensuring our optimism is grounded in reality, making thoughtful decisions, and avoiding excessive optimism.

Courage: Courage complements hope by giving us the strength to persevere through difficult times and take action, even when hope seems distant.

Patience: Patience reminds us that hope sometimes requires waiting and that not all positive outcomes happen instantly. It allows hope to grow steadily over time.

Gratitude: Gratitude encourages us to appreciate the present moment and our blessings, enhancing our hope for the future.

Resilience: Resilience helps us bounce back from setbacks and disappointments, reinforcing our hope to overcome challenges.

Hope is a powerful virtue that, when in balance, guides us towards a brighter future.