Our discussion of hope made me think. I was Chair for my Nar Anon meeting last night and I chose hope as the topic so I could explore and learn. For the confused, I belong to one Al Anon group and one Nar Anon and refer to both as Al Anon just to make it more simple when I write. So I chose hope as a topic because some smart people think hope is important to keep. Some people here that are smart whom I respect. I want to share a paragraph from the Nar-Anon book that gave me, well, HOPE! A lovely word! I don't know now why I wanted to shut out hope. Maybe I was afraid of it . Anyhow the book we use is ironically called Sharing Experience, Strength & Hope. Yes, hope in the title. Wise, you were right that it is a spiritual feeling. Let me now "read" to you having given credit to the book, no author named. "In the back of my mind, I do have hope that some day my daughter will see the light and get better. I also have hope that some day she will recover and come back to my life.i have learned from Nar Anon that life is full of twists and turns. I have also learned that I need to have hope and not expectations because having expectations is the source of fear and anxiety that in the past has taken over my life.On the other hand, I also hope that I will have the courage to deal with the absence of my daughter, and not let those fears and doubts move back into my life. I have no idea what the future will bring. I will live just for today. Then there is a thought for the day which I lived. "Hope is great. And hope supported by faith creates an unbeatable duo." I realize not everyone believes in God but there are many wonderful things in nature to also hang onto. You do not need to have faith in God,Borderline Intellectual Functioning (BIF) that does not resonate. Hereafter, I will hold hope in high esteem but will set aside my expectations. I needed to separate hope from expectations. Just a share. Thank you for being here.