Norman Cousins, Saturday Review editor and a member of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) medical school faculty, twice had his physicians deliver to him the fact that he was terminally ill. Twice he survived their predictions. Cousins passed on this wisdom to patients that were given doom-and-gloom news: "Don't deny the diagnosis. But do defy the verdict."

Hope faces the facts. Then hope works like crazy to change the facts. And if the facts can't be changed, hope aims to make something positive happen in spite of the facts.

R. Wayne Willis, Hope Notes