What comes first hope or action? Yes! This answer is neither a cynical nor a Pollyanna-laden response. It’s not a formula. It is particularly not a license to ignore facts or delude ourselves. What does come first is gratitude. It’s a recognition of the mysterious and sacred. It’s the unshakable faith in the next breath you will take. Tying hope and faith (only) to outcome serves up the thinnest gruel. You can starve that way. Here’s a poem that might help.