Hope, Company, is a powerful thing. There are few things in this world that can have as much power and effect over us as the feeling, the concept, the idea of hope.
A little injection of hope can go a long, long way. It can take an otherwise normal, boring, drudgery kind of Tuesday and infuse it with happiness and promise. Just adding a little dash of hope that something might come your way - that you might get an extra soda from the soda machine, that you might win a contest from your favorite TV station, that you might not hit a single red light on the whole ride home - can make your day when nothing was making it before. That is the power of the feeling that we call hope. It gives us a reason to look towards the future and it allows whatever is ailing us today to almost seem as if it might be worth it.
The power, however, is a bit of a double edged sword. Because not having your hopes realized can be devastating, depending on what you were hoping for. For instance: You are hoping that the big check from your settlement will come in so you can pay the bills, but it doesn't show by the end of the month. Or you are hoping that your cat pulls through the operation to remove the ribbon from its intestines, but it never comes out of the anesthetic. That sort of having your hopes crushed can be as devastating as having them realized is helpful. And hopelessness can be just as bad. But that all comes with the power.
So I guess that we can say that the power of "what if", the power of hope, is one of the strongest forces of human nature. And it can be totally and completely uplifting. So go out and find a little something to be hopeful for, and watch how it enlightens your day. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.