"Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality."
(Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens)
And now from my dear Jewish Friend - I thought this was hopeful too:
You did not make yourself.
You did not choose your parents, nor did you design the environment that nurtured you.
The One who brought you to this world, who knew you before you were conceived and who fashioned you in the womb -- He knew intimately all the challenges you would meet, your faults, your struggles.
He was the one who designed they should be there.
And for each brick wall, He provided you a ladder.
For each chasm a bridge. For each mountain a deep reserve of superhuman strength to surprise even your own self.
When one of those challenges arises, you need only imagine what it must take to overcome -- and you can be confident that strength is within you.
And lastly - anyone read The Shack - wowowowowowowowow!