Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow


“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself… ‘How did I get through all of that?”

Hope: To look forward with confidence and expectation
There have been many inspirational leaders from our past who have spoken of hope. Most recently, Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, which was based on the premise of reclaiming America’s hope for the future and for a better world. “Yes We Can” was based on the thought that together, we can all make a difference and create positive change. Another leader of hope was Nelson Mandela. This is a man who dreamed of transforming South Africa into a democratic and free society. One where there would be harmony and equal opportunity for all. Albert Einstein also spoke of hope in one of his more popular quotes, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” All of these men looked forward with confidence and expectation of creating a better world for us to live in. They saw no boundaries. They had a vision and they put their vision into action. We all can make a difference like this, just by having the same hope that our visions and actions can make tomorrow a better day.

Hope: The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
As the Greek mythological story goes, Pandora’s box was the large jar carried by Pandora that, when opened by her, unleashed many terrible things on mankind – ills, toils and sickness – and hope. Now, you might ask why hope was included in a box filled with so many evils. The simple answer is that without hope to accompany all their troubles, humanity would be filled with despair. In other words (by an unknown author), “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.”

No one ever said this life would be without its trials. Even when we seem to be on the right path, something may come along to knock us off course. The truth of the matter is that that’s okay. As the famous saying goes, the darkest hour will come before the sun rises again. Do not despair and do not give up hope. Believe in yourself, stay the course, and keep the hope that everything will work out fine. In the words of George Iles, “Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” Take that hand and continue on. Hope will see you through the darkest days. Hope says that tomorrow will be better, and when that day comes you will be stronger.

I will close this post with a poem from John C. Maxwell, taken from his book ‘Think on These Things’:

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What does hope do for mankind?
Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest.
Hope motivates when discouragement comes.
Hope energizes when the body is tired.
Hope sweetens when the bitterness bites.
Hope sings when all melodies are gone.
Hope believes when the evidence is eliminated.
Hope listens for answers when no one is talking.
Hope climbs over obstacles when no one is helping.
Hope endures hardship when no one is caring.
Hope smiles confidently when no one is laughing.
Hope reaches for answers when no one is asking.
Hope presses towards victory when no one is encouraging.
Hope dares to give when no one is sharing.

What does hope mean for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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2 comments to Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

  • Jay

    Hope goes side by side with Patience. I believe in addition to all the well covered descriptions above, we need to put in our best efforts and cover all grounds and then hope for the best. Hope doesn’t mean we should sit on our behinds and not do a thing. Hope is genuinely believing without an ounce of doubt, that everything will work out just fine.

  • Author

    Great point. You are correct in that a person can’t just sit back and wait for something to happen. Success and fulfillment require action. Hope is the belief in yourself and in the world that if your heart is pure, everything will work out in the end.

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