Any fool can get up each morning full of hope, it takes a human tower of emotional strength to go to bed that way at the end of the night. Paula Poundstone

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More on hope…

The thing called hope lives in the very breath of a person with aphasia.  In the early days of my own journey as a therapist, I came to believe hope was an enemy.  It stood at the door, arms crossed, daring me to confront it with what I saw as the truth:  that aphasia was a permanent disability, and not something that would disappear.  What I failed to understand is that truth is not the enemy of hope.  It is more like a mirror through which the aspirations of the person must travel until the images are in concert.  And there is not a defined time frame for that.  Perhaps it is a lifetime.  Certainly, people with aphasia leave me often far before they can see that image clearly.  And I have so many unfinished images I hold in memory, wondering if hope and truth are reconciled. Sometimes, I am lucky enough to witness that final connection.  It is truly miraculous.  I search for it in myself as well.

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About Shirley Morganstein

I am a life participation therapist for people with aphasia, exploring the relational and reflective process.
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One Response to Any fool can get up each morning full of hope, it takes a human tower of emotional strength to go to bed that way at the end of the night. Paula Poundstone

  1. Shirley Morganstein says:

    Felicity: Thank you so much for your comments. I am excited to find that there is some qualitative research on the subject. I will definitely read your referenced articles. Congratulations on a marvelous professional pursuit.

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