Writers’ Pantry #26 at Poets and Storytellers,
I was thinking this Sunday morning we all need
a good swig of hope. We’re inundated daily by
news feeds of bleak times. No one reports the
good news. I thought of Waterhouse's painting
of Pandora, and had these idle thoughts on the
subject of hope.
Submitted to Poets & Storytellers United
June 28, 2020
In Greek mythology, Pandora opened the box and released all sorts of ills and evils
upon the world. What we hear less about is that, according to legend, the box also
contained hope. There are varying interpretations as to whether or not hope was
released or remained securely hidden within the box. That said, most of us live
with hope…..a steady and abiding belief the sun will come up tomorrow.
Some folks seem to have more hope than others. These folks usually give hope a
helping hand by hard work and determination. Some seem to think hope is all
that is needed, and adapt a wait-and-see attitude, expecting some sort of miracle to
provide their desired outcome.. Still others have bowed to life’s pressures and
abandoned hope, always seeming to expect the worst and by some peculiar twist of
fate seeming to attract misfortune to themselves in a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.
I like to think that perhaps at the bottom of Pandora's box was a bottle of hope, and
when we're running out of cope, we can open the bottle and take a sip.
Please, don’t diminish my fancy!