This I Believe

Jeff - Columbia, Maryland
Entered on February 15, 2008
Age Group: 30 - 50

I have been diagnosed with major depression.

I have no hope for recovery.

What I do have is faith in my recovery.

Hope and Faith. Faith and Hope We hear those words together so often that we tend to think they mean the same thing. There was even a TV sitcom called Hope and Faith.

Hope and Faith are not the same. They are opposites. I could no more have both hope and faith than I could be both male and female.

Hope leaves room for doubt. If I say that I’m hoping to recover from depression, I’m saying that I may not. That’s not faith.

Because I have faith, I have no need for hope. Faith implies knowledge. There’s no need for hope because I know I’m going to recover, it’s a done deal.

I’m hopeless and proud of i t.