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Keeping hope alive

A slither into the new year on a sombre note does not take away our right to hope for sunny days ahead, says P. Sujatha Varma



NEW HOPE There is an option to start life afresh

So we are finally into yet another spanking year. With the dawn of a new year, almost all of us become superstitious and join a collective drive to mash a year's worth of bad experiences, loathed night mares, fashion disasters and regretted romances into an unrecognisable pulp of bad karma and negative vibes.

This is that time of the year when people around the globe are high on hopes, dreams and resolutions that are not meant to flutter down as confetti but soar high and touch new horizons.

Not to be left out, we decorated houses with balloons and pom-poms, became part of star-studded musical nights and enthusiastically awaited arrival of 2010. But all along this period, there was this mysterious fear lurking in some corner of the heart that sank at the thought of the passing year replete with unpleasantness.

Even as we make a feeble attempt to express joy and hope for the year ahead and join the world in bidding a cheerful farewell to the year that was, we know we are not alone in facing the New Year in a sombre mood.

Subdued year-end

If recession was a global phenomenon that hit the economy of every household forcing people to take to frugalism by carving out a new shoestring budget, closer home, the Telangana turmoil that was a trigger for widespread and unmindful violence, resulted in a subdued year-end.

On a more pragmatic note, there is no cause to harbour an outright happy thought that there is no more bad news out there. But the good news is that there is hope. A firm belief in what is possible, of healing, of love and of life, and the expectation of things to come.

“It perhaps may not have occurred to any of us that little do we know how little we actually know. Last year, on the arrival of the New Year, it was difficult for me to envision how it would turn out. I didn't have a dream. I didn't have a plan. I just had hope. And believe me, it does help,” emphasise optimists like Rajendra Prasad Kavuri, a lecturer by profession.

“There were umpteen occasions when I was afraid of not being able to do what I thought I was capable of doing. But the glimmer of hope got me through,” says Rajeswari, a housewife.

It may not be of any harm to think that such things are worth emulating because hope, though a small word, is a big option which gives direction before turning into a force and then, a reality.

If you have faith in your spirit, in nature, in humanity, you will never lose hope. Merely the dawn of a new year may be inadequate to wipe out age-old ills of hunger, war, injustice or other issues from the face of the earth. But all of us have a choice. We can be afraid or we can be hopeful. Why then not choose hope.

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