August 27, 2019
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
My right leg gave me some trouble this past weekend, walking was a struggle. To make matters worse I slipped and fell on our bathroom floor and not only did I get a little banged up I also had to have my son-in-law come over to help me get up. So for a few days I am using a walker and am contributing to the walker congestion here at our residence.
I had a hard time convincing my family that this too would pass. And I am happy to say it is all getting better. As you know I like to believe that in the end all will be well. I find that optimism coupled with hope is a great way to be. What about you?
Then you still have hope
If you can look at the sunset and smile, and find beauty in the colors of a small flower, then you still have hope.
If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly, and if the smile of a child can still warm your heart, then you still have hope.
If you can see the good in other people, and if the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull you to sleep, then you still have hope.
If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder, and if the soft fur of a favored pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips, then you still have hope.
If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism, and if you give people the benefit of the doubt, then you still have hope.
If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life, and if receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise, then you still have hope.
If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and frustration, and if you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end, then you still have hope.
If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection, and if you still watch love stories or want the endings to be happy, then you still have hope.
If you can look to the past and smile, and when faced with the bad, when told everything is futile, you can still look up and end the conversation with the phrase … ‘yes, but ….’ Then you still have hope.
Hope is such a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break. It sustains us when nothing else can. It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we’d rather give in.
Hope puts a smile on our face when the heart cannot manage. Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it. Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused of the direction.
Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and nurtured and something that will refresh us in return. It can be found in each of us and it can bring light into the darkest of places. So never lose hope.
Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.
STUFF YOUR MOM TAUGHT YOU
RELIGION; “You better pray that comes out of the carpet.”
TIME TRAVEL; “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week.”
LOGIC; “Because I said so, that’s why!”
IRONY; “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
STAMINA; “You sit there ’till all that spinach is gone.”
HYPOCRISY; “I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION; “Stop acting like your father.”
ANTICIPATION; “Just wait until we get home.”
ESP; “Put your sweater on. Don’t you think I know when you‘re cold?”
WISDOM; “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
Nothing is fool-proof to a talented fool.
Mom and Dad were trying to console Susie, whose dog had recently died.
“You know, it’s not your fault that the dog died. He’s probably up in heaven right now, having a grand old time with God.”
Susie, still crying, said “What would God want with a dead dog?
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”
PAUL REVERE’S MOTHER: “I don’t care where you think you have to go, young man, midnight is past your curfew.”
MONA LISA’S MOTHER: “After all that money your father and I spent on braces, that’s the biggest smile you can give us?”
COLUMBUS’ MOTHER: “I don’t care what you’ve discovered, you still could have written!”
MICHELANGELO’ S MOTHER: “Can’t you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?”
NAPOLEON’S MOTHER: “All right, if you aren’t hiding your report card inside your jacket, take your hand out of there and show me.”
MARY’S MOTHER: “I’m not upset that your lamb followed you to school, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you.”
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOTHER: “The next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!”
THOMAS EDISON’S MOTHER: “Of course I’m proud that you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed!”
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
A soldier was asked to report to headquarters for assignment. The sergeant said: “We have a critical shortage of typists. I’ll give you a little test. Type this,” he ordered, giving him a pamphlet to copy and a sheet of paper, and pointing to a desk across the room that held a typewriter and an adding machine.
The soldier, quite reluctant to become a clerk typist, made a point of typing very slowly, and saw to it that his work contained as many errors as possible.
The sergeant gave the typed copy only a brief glance. “That’s fine,” he said. “Report for work at 8 tomorrow.”
“But aren’t you going to check the test?” the prospective clerk asked. The sergeant grinned.
“You passed the test,” he replied, “when you sat down at the typewriter instead of at the adding machine.”
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
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