Hope is a word we use all the time.
Aristotle said, “Hope is a waking dream.”
Emily Dickinson said, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches on the soul, and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”
Most of the time, we hope for something to happen, or something we can’t make happen, or don’t want to happen, as in, “I hope he isn’t thinking about buying a new car.” Once in a while we do hope, and pray, in a spiritual way, and of course, we hope that our prayers are answered. We are assured that God will answer them, in his time and his way. His way kind of reminds us that we aren’t in total control down here.
“I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.” That quote is pure Rodney Dangerfield, and we can all relate to it. Funny how we still judge one another based on how much money we make, on our possessions. We say that money isn’t important, yet we never have enough. Most of the time, we don’t have enough compared to our wealthy neighbor, or enough to join the country club, or have a summer home on the lake or pay our kids’ tuition at a private school. We could feel inferior pretty quick, even a little resentful. Only natural. But then, we see that the rich aren’t any happier than those of us who have learned to get along on less.
One of the virtues of sculpting is that you can be thinking of something else while your hands are busy creating something that will be cherished for a lifetime. My something else is usually someone else’s problem.