Esperance means hope. Esperance is an obsolete or archaic word that derives from Middle English esperaunce (hope) which derives from the Old French esperance (hope), which in-turn derives from Vulgar Latin sperantia (unattested), which is from the Latin spērāre (to hope). Esperance was first recorded being used around 1400-1450.
Esperance can also be describe as the feeling that is wanted can be had or that events will turn out well. Esperance is the feeling to hope against hope. Esperance, while being of obsolete usage, is a word that we all need right now. To feel esperance is to believe in not just tomorrow, but to believe in the best that tomorrow can be.
To feel esperance in all things, especially when things seem at the worst, is to feel hope, faith, and trust that better will occur…
Despite all the wrongs being dealt on so many levels to so many across the globe, I do my best to lean into a feeling of esperance. Esperance is not ignoring what is going on, or down-playing it in any way, or going all toxic positivity, rather it is about facing the now with the expectation that it will get better. Without esperance, things are indeed bleak, but with it, oh, how the light has the possibility to shine brightly and boldly! One of my greatest wishes is that we all may feel a bit of esperance each day in a variety of ways!
Namaste ~ Ella
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