Hope can be a dangerous thing. Will it rain if the tree hoped for the rain to fall? Will it stop, if she stopped hoping? If it did for one tree, and if it didn't for another, will it suggest the prior is a superior tree? The clouds will not decide alone where to rain. The winds will not know where they will blow, and the sun will not choose which ocean to shine on. Will this suggest there is a higher intelligence at work? If so, why will he not decide that the tree needs to grow, and should he wait for the tree to hope? Hope can be a dangerous thing, as it may take all your power away, and will put that into the hands of a never-reaching future. Yet, for the tree, there is nothing to do to make rain happen. As the tree keeps growing for many years, this question remains: Why the very thing that keeps me alive is this out of control? The tree will grow until the end of time wandering between hoping and despairing. But then, there is a powerful hope at work inside the leaf. She will not hope for the sun to rise, or hope for the rain to fall, she will do what she is doing, while hoping there is a deeper connection between her and everything else, that keeps this going. She will never be sure, that this is so. Yet, this hope is not in the future, it is a very living thing in the present moment, that encourages her to do the only thing she can: to grow, over and over again, in better and more beautiful ways. So, hope can be a dangerous thing, if it encourages you something or someone may come and will save you. This hope can only grow into powerless desperation. Yet, hope can be very powerful, when it gives you back your power, which is to create with no fear of what may come. This hope can grow into faith, and then trust, and in due time, it can grow into a direct knowing. So, there is a choice, to have a hope in future, to despair, or just have hope for the present moment. In the beginning, they are all very valid choices, that cannot be proven wrong. As time goes on, the hope of future turns into despair, and despair keeps bringing more pain, until you take the risk of choosing the third option.