Aspiration: (n) a hope or ambition of achieving something.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
I’ve always found that proverb to be deep and meaningful. For I believe we live in a time when hope is touted as a very powerful emotional yearning which draws us closer to our true goals.
Honestly, I don’t think anything could be further from the truth.
There are two aspects of human behavior which I think are dangerous and need to be handled carefully: complaining and aspirations.
They appear to be polar opposites–with complaining fostering the idea of negativity and aspirations touting that they are extraordinarily positive. But they are actually the result of one another, when we grow tired of pursuing each one.
- People who complain eventually grow weary of their own negativity and start grabbing onto anything they can aspire toward for gratification.
- And people with great aspirations soon run into reality and find themselves complaining.
There is an amazing holy balance available to us, when we avoid complaining, which is a cancer for creativity, by refusing to pursue unrealistic aspirations, which is truly the Petrie dish for all sorts of negative emotions.
What should our profile be? How can we look ahead with great hope without unrealistic aspirations?
I think it’s all found in the power of the concept of counting the cost. When you take a good, hard look at what you have, what you’re willing to do and what assistance you might require, you come up with a factual assessment of your actual.
If you ignore that and start aspiring to more possibilities than actually exist within the realm of your scope, then you normally end up looking and feeling like a fool.
Likewise, if you refuse to take this personal inventory and just complain about what you seem to lack, you never achieve any aspiration to get you down the road to at least get something started.
Of the three great virtues–faith, hope and love–hope, or aspiration, certainly takes the third seat.
Hope is the passenger we are allowed to take along with us once our love has set the mood for our faith to function.
Then our aspiration is grounded in reality … instead of fairy tales.
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