To me, hope is extremely important- not just in life but in recovery especially. Hope means wanting to have a desirable outcome and it can be easy to lose sight of hope early in recovery. Hope can become absent if one is just going through the motions and not putting any effort, thought or action into wanting a better life. For myself, hope is something I have to remind myself of daily. Its beneficial and useful to remember, or start to conceive what desirable outcome you really want to strive for. The most practical way I practiced this was to create small, attainable goals. This gave hope something concrete I could attach to it. Hope wasn’t so abstract or as general as saying, “I want/hope for a better life.” And this has a snowball effect because once I started to meet some goals I became more hopeful about life, about myself and about my capability. In recovery I learned that faith and hope go hand in hand and are two in the same. Having faith those things will work out for the best is just another way of saying, “I hope for a desirable outcome.” At this moment, early in my recovery and the beginning of self-discovery, I must always remember to have hope and faith that I can have a life beyond my wildest dreams if I put in the effort to make it so.