Sam Radford

June 21, 2022

To hope is to jump

I’ve been watching a few episodes of season two of ‘Home’ on AppleTV+ this week. It’s a fascinating looking at incredible homes from around the world.

That’s not what I want to write about though. It simply happened that one of the home owners, a Swedish lady, said during an interview that the Swedish word for hope also means to jump.

It was said in passing, but it stayed with me. This idea, that for hopes to become a reality they require a leap of faith, resonated.

I have a tendency to think of hope as something passive. But what chance has hope got of ever manifesting if we don’t also jump towards it?

It’s not enough to hope for a better tomorrow; we have to take positive steps to create a better tomorrow. Hope should be fuel for our jumping forwards and doing something to turn our hopes into reality. 

Hope without action is no better than wishful thinking. It’s hopeless.


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About Sam Radford

Husband, father, lover of books, writer, tech geek, sports fan, and pragmatic idealist from Sheffield, England.