Hope has a bad reputation with some people. And one of the reasons for this, I think, is that many people seem to confuse hoping and wishing. And that distinction is critical.

Hope is active – it holds power. Wishing is passive. You can sit around all day long and wish you had a job, but without taking steps to find, and keep, a job, wishing won’t do much for you. But hope? Hope fuels you, it drives you. Because of hope people take action and make things happen. Hope is a powerful fuel for change.

Check back Monday for a story that illustrates the difference between hoping and wishing.

Until then…