Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
I am often accused of being unrealistically optimistic and I probably sometimes am. I do find life on the bright side to be a much more pleasant place to be than wallowing in pessimism. The great thing about being optimistic is that it allows one to retain hope.
For me hope provides the foundation that allows us to deal with the most adverse situations in a positive manner. Many times what I have hoped for a sick friend did not materialize but being hopeful eased the pain of my friends. I would rather deal with the realistic events we all have to face sometimes in our lives with a positive attitude than by helping to fuel the fires of despair.
The great thing about hope is that it is the alternative to giving up. Too many folks end up losing because they gave up too soon. Yep, hope can even cure. Here is a story that can help us understand the value of hope.
William M. Buchholz, M.D.
As I ate breakfast one morning, I overheard two oncologists conversing. One complained bitterly, “You know, Bob, I just don’t understand it. We used the same drugs, the same dosage, the same schedule and the same entry criteria. Yet I got a 22 percent response rate and you got a 74 percent. That’s unheard of for metastatic cancer. How do you do it?”
His colleague replied, “We’re both using Etoposide, Platinum, Oncovin and Hydroxyurea. You call yours EPOH. I tell my patients I’m giving them HOPE. As dismal as the statistics are, I emphasize that we have a chance.”
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.
A fisherman from the city was out fishing on a lake in a small boat. He noticed another man in a small boat open his tackle box and take out a mirror. Being curious the man rowed over and asked, “What is the mirror for?”
“That’s my secret way to catch fish,” said the other man.
“Shine the mirror on the top of the water. The fish notice the spot of sun on the water above and they swim to the surface. Then I just reach down and net them and pull them into the boat.”
“Wow! Does that really work?”
“You bet it does.”
“Would you be interested in selling that mirror? I’ll give you $30 for it.”
After the money was transferred, the city fisherman asked, “By the way, how many fish have you caught this week?”
“You’re the sixth,” he said.
Any child who is anxious to mow the lawn is too young to do so.
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat will stop my fellow mail carriers and me from delivering junk mail. One day, I delivered an envelope full of coupons to a home. It was addressed to “The Smart Shopper at 729 Main Street.”
The next day the envelope was returned with this note scrawled on it: “Not at this address.”
The person who agrees with everything you say either isn’t listening to you or plans to sell you something.
Some Jewish Curses
May your bones be broken as often as the Ten Commandments.
May God answer all your prayers – and then may he mistake your worst enemy for you.
May your husband’s father marry three times so you’ll have three mothers-in-law.
May all your teeth fall out –except one, so you can have a toothache.
May a child be named after you – soon.
May the heartburn after one of your meals be strong enought to heat your home.
May you grow like an onion – with your head in the ground.
and Last but not least
I wish you everything you wish me, and everything you’ll regret not having wished me after I’ve wished you everything I wish you.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
George Bernard Shaw
The afternoon was drawing to a close, and the guests were getting ready to leave.
“Mrs. Goldberg,” said one of the ladies, “I just wanted to tell you that your cookies were so delicious I ate four of them.”
“You ate five,” replied the hostess, “But who’s counting?”
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”
A gal bought a brand new Car and decided to drive down from some place far off, to meet this friend. She reached there in a few hours. After spending a few days there, she decided to return, and called up her mother to expect her in the evening. But she didn’t reach home in the evening and not the next day either. When she finally reached home on the third day, her distraught mother ran and asked her “What Happened?”
She got out, obviously very tired from a long journey, and said, “Oh, these car designers, these people are crazy! They have four gears for going forward, but only one for going back!”
I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
A Duke was hunting in the forest with his men-at-arms and servants when he came across a tree. Upon it, archery targets were painted and smack in the middle of each was an arrow.
“Who is this incredibly fine archer?” cried the duke. “I must find him!”
After continuing through the forest for a few miles he came across a small boy carrying a bow and arrow. Eventually the boy admitted that it was he who shot the arrows plumb in the center of all the targets.
“You didn’t just walk up to the targets and hammer the arrows into the
middle, did you?” asked the duke worriedly.
“No my lord. I shot them from a hundred paces. I swear it by all that I hold holy.”
“That is truly astonishing,” said the duke. “I hereby admit you into my service.” The boy thanked him profusely.
“But I must ask one favor in return,” the duke continued.
“You must tell me how you came to be such an outstanding shot.”
“Well,” said the boy, “first I fire the arrow at the tree……and then I paint the target around it.”
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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