Hope is a pretty girl, who slips away from one’s grasp

With the start of a new month I have to begin this post by shamelessly promoting my favourite band. As I mentioned awhile ago, Sleeping At Last is doing a project called “Yearbook”. Every month they are releasing an ep of 3 songs that you can purchase for $3. If you’re interested to hear some of the music that I listen to while walking up the tramway in the pouring rain, late at night…


These two gentleman have The Gift. Through keys, strings and words they honestly and humbly pronounce their feelings and insights of who they are, what they see and where they’ve been.

After my last blog I received some private messages from a few individuals (some known and some unknown) and I just wanted to say thanks for that! I’ve narrowed things down and should be able to end this indecision by the end of the month.


Before going for my hill workout this morning, I picked up Kierkegaard’s “Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs” and did my usual morning reading.

Like everything of his, I found some brilliant writing early on and stopped reading. Good writing should cause you to stop reading…

“Hope is a pretty girl, who slips away from one’s grasp. Recollection is a beautiful older woman who never quite suits the moment. Repetition is a beloved wife of whom one never tires because it is only the new of which one tires.” (Page 3-4)

I’ll leave recollection and repetition for now.

It is this idea of “hope” that caused me to stop reading…

Hope really is a strange thing. It is what moves us into painful situations. Actually, it is because of hope that we allow ourselves to be moved into painful situations. We endure hardship, difficulty and sometimes suffering because we have hope that our hardship, difficulty and suffering will not be in vain.

Hope requires you to sacrifice many things in order to focus on just one thing because it is that one thing that you would give up everything and endure anything for.

Do you have that one thing you would give up anything for?

If it’s that pretty girl that slipped through your grasp, you have to be willing to give up every other girl that comes your way.

Hope is…
…that thing your hands can’t fully grasp…
…that truth your eyes can’t fully see…
…that person your heart can’t fully love…
…that idea your mind can’t fully understand…

…what you keep chasing, relentlessly and with complete conviction. Even though you have no knowledge that you’ll attain it, you are, nonetheless, subjectively certain that you will eventually grab it.

Where does your hope reside?

Will running 90 miles a week help you run under 4 minutes for one mile?

Will belief and faithfulness in God lead you to a more fulfilled life?

Will She come back?

Again, there is no knowing that any of these things will come to fruition, but cling on to what you think is good and you may be surprised by hope.

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6 Comments on “Hope is a pretty girl, who slips away from one’s grasp”

  1. Eric
    November 6, 2010 at 1:49 am #

    Love what you’ve said about hope, Michael. Subjectively certain from Scripture: Roman 5:1-5.

  2. Javier
    November 6, 2010 at 2:38 am #

    90 miles a week may not get you under 4 minutes a mile but it could lead you to become faster at a distance you may not have thought about before

  3. Luciano Del Monte
    November 6, 2010 at 11:09 am #


    thanks so much for introducing me to Soren Kierkegaard some years ago. I can’t get enough of his view of truth and life and ‘the good”. Sleeping at Last has been echoing in my head.

    You have been asking for guidance but in reality through your reflections you are offering guidance in a profound way.

  4. Rose
    November 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Sleeping at Last brings me wonderfully back to Dec 20 2008.
    Love this post Michael and love the way you expressed it.

  5. November 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    please support them by spending the 3$ on their October or November EP. That is the price of a coffee…

    • Rose
      November 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

      i purchased the november songs. They are beautiful. Do you know these guys personally?

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