|Written Chinese is considered to be one of the world’s oldest active, continuously used writing systems dating back at least 4,000 years. Written Chinese is not based predominantly on an alphabet. Instead, its characters are glyphs whose components may depict objects or represent abstract notions. Hope might certainly be considered an abstract notion as we cannot see it, feel it, touch it, hear it or even describe it. Yet every culture – as we see in Chinese – has a way to capture its essence.
We interpret many meanings within the seemingly unruly hash marks and darts of this symbol. Though we may not understand these marks at first glance, it does not mean that they are not working together to send us a message. This is similar to what we are experiencing on this cancer journey: tests, opinions, treatments and feelings that are confusing. But there is a message. There is a way. All will become clear in it’s time.