Hope for the Hopeless

David - Apple Creek, Ohio
Entered on April 25, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: setbacks
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I believe that hope can be found in the most dismal of situations. I came home from a rather uneventful school day and did the usual; I got the mail, did my homework, and got ready for bed. Later that evening the phone rang and my father answered as my sister was bugging him for something to drink. Immediately an expression flashed across his face and we knew something was wrong. He got off the phone and paused, he explained that my grandfather meant a lot to me and he was just gone in an instant. I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to bounce back after that but I did. This was because my father sat me down and talked to me about his father’s death when he was not much older than me. This gave me the hope that things would get better.

I believe that hope can be found in the most dismal of situations. Hope can be found in religion, a parent, a loved one, or a friend. Everyone has been in a situation they thought was that they thought was impossible to escape and have found the hope and courage to pull through. My grandfather’s death was a hard time in m life. I felt that all the hope had been sucked out of me and that I would never recover. My dad’s talk inspired me, it gave me hope when I thought I would never have any ever again.

In world history there re many times when hope was lost but it was soon found. One such example was during the Holocaust. The Jewish people were forced into concentration camps and felt hopeless as they were split from their families and watched people starve and die around them. Even though all this many found hope in the fact that there was a chance of being liberated and seeing their families again. I feel that this is the ultimate example of finding hope in a dismal situation for the Jewish people had no end to the suffering in sight but still found the hope to keep moving on.