Some elements of hope look different depending upon your age.

  • While these factors are somewhat adjusted by cultural norms, many are common to everyone as they pass from childhood to youth to adulthood to becoming seniors.  Infancy and hospice life-stages are omitted in this discussion, but not irrelevant.  Each one of these stages impacts how you view life and realize hope choices.
  • For example, to use the extremes, and as a rule - a child will view time a being limitless, are in the novice stage of their development, will have few personal resources, have little experience, posess high energy, posess a very narrow influence, and be an apprentice in making decisions.
  • In contrast, as a rule – a senior will view their time as limited, have a more mature perspective, be in command of more personal resources, have the benefit of many experiences, have a broader influence on others, and have developed higher competence in making choices.
  • Where a child may not even have thought of hope, a senior will have entertained the thoughts related to hope countless times. Because each individual has a different location on these factors, hope will be seen differently by each one, even in the same life-stage. The good news is that hope can be a positive part of each life in any era.  Take some time to appreciate how your current life-stage has impacted your views and pursuit of hope.


  • FUN EXERCISE:  It may take some time and effore, but have some fun with this simplistic chart.
  1. Put an X on each line where you are, not looking at the age factors. 
  2. Next, connect them with a vertical line. Ž
  3. Study your chart.  Here are some things you can observe.  How do the lines match up with the age era you are within? Are you ahead, behind, both, all, some, etc.?  Think about how your personal positions in each factor have impacted your view, pursuit, and attainment of hope.  What choices will your observations bring to your pursuit of greater hope for your life?