Hope! a double edged sword.As we grow up, most of us would have been enlightened or learn't about the magic word 'Hope'. Hope is something that most of us believe in our daily lives. Hope it doesn't rain on the day of the wedding reception, hope that we don't miss the flight on our long due holiday, hope to get the first rank, hope to get the promotion. Yes, the list is endless but the point is 'Hope' gives us the positive boost and sense of well being that 'all is well' or would be well.
On the contrary, if one relies on too much of hope what happens? it rains on the reception evening and preparations for this would not have been made, we could miss the flight and get stuck without backup plans, not get the first rank because we did not work hard in the first place or miss the promotion because we forgot to see that all the criteria were fulfilled.
When we hope for something and the opposite happens, we feel let down or get depressed or brood on it. It would be wiser to have a plan B, have a unbiased assessment of the task in hand and put in our efforts rather than just relying on hope alone.
So, we should be realistic when hoping for something, i.e, good if everything turns out as we had hoped, be prepared if the opposite happens, nothing great is lost. We need to understand (and impart to children) that Hope is a double edged sword or like the well known saying Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.