November 16, 2020
To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
Things have gotton pretty bad with the rampant rise in Covid infections. We are now on major lock down with only tested visitors allowed in. My brother and sister in law have canceled their trip to visit us in January. I cannot visit my wife nor meet with friends. But I:
- Hope the the epidemic will end in the not too distant future.
- Hope that the vaccine is approved soon And is widely distributed.
- Hope that everyone will wear their masks and stay safe.
- Hope that the Covid death rates will fall.
- Hope that I will soon get to see my family and friends
- And most of all I hope you stay well.
I got the following from the Hope Grows blog and offers us why our hope is so important.
Why Is Hope So Important?
To have hope is to want an outcome that makes your life better in some way. It not only can help make a tough present situation more bearable but also can eventually improve our lives because envisioning a better future motivates you to take the steps to make it happen.
Whether we think about it or not, hope is a part of everyone’s life. Everyone hopes for something. It’s an inherent part of being a human being. Hope helps us define what we want in our futures and is part of the self-narrative about our lives we all have running inside our minds.
In a way, having hope links your past and present to the future. You have a vision for what you hope will happen. Whether it does not, just envisioning it can make you feel better. And if it’s something you can somewhat control – like the kids working to get out of poverty – then hope can motivate you to take whatever steps you need to take.
Dr. Neel Burton, a book author who writes about emotions, writes that he always asks patients for what they hope for, because if they say “nothing” then that is a sign of depression or worse.
Having hope is important to the very act of being a human being. As Dr. Judith Rich writes, “Hope is a match in a dark tunnel, a moment of light, just enough to reveal the path ahead and ultimately the way out.”
All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.
Lefkowitz was a very pious old man, who had lived his life according to the Commandments, never asking anything, always giving to others. Finally, wanting to have something for himself, and to experience the other side of life, he began to pray to God.
“Lord”, he said, “All my life I have tried to be good, to follow all your Laws and Commandments, and to always help others, never asking anything for myself when I have prayed to you. Now that I am old, I am finally asking for something for myself. All that I want is to win the Lottery, so I can have a comfortable old age.”
For year after year, he repeated this prayer, and nothing would happen. Finally, in despair, he again prayed to God, saying “Why have you abandoned me? Is this all I am to have in life? All I have ever asked you for is to just once to win the Lottery. What have I done wrong that you punish me this way?”
And an aggravated voice boomed down from the heavens, saying, in exasperation, “Lefkowitz, BUY A TICKET ALREADY!!!”
Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
Signs That You Live In 2020
1. You just tried to enter your password on the microwave.
2. You call your son’s cell phone to let him know it’s time to eat, he emails you back from his bedroom.
3. Your daughter sells Girl Scout cookies via her web site.
4. You chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa, but you haven’t spoken with your next door neighbor yet this year.
5. Your grandmother asks you to send her a JPEG file of your newborn so she can create a screen saver.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.
7. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t have the first 20-50 years of your life, is cause for panic and turning around to go get it.
8. Cleaning up the dining room means getting the fast food bags out of the back seat of your car.
9. You hear most of your jokes via e-mail instead of in person.
10. You’re reading this.
Why do they put Braille on drive through bank machines?
An old Jewish man and a young Jewish man are traveling on the train. The young man asks: “Excuse me, what time is it?” The old man does not answer.
“Excuse me, sir, what time is it?”
The old man keeps silent.
“Sir, I’m asking you what time is it. Why don’t you answer?!”
The old man says: “Son, the next stop is the last on this route. I don’t know you, so you must be a stranger. If I answer you now, I’ll have to invite you to my home. You’re handsome, and I have a beautiful daughter. You will both fall in love and you will want to get married. So tell me, why would I need a son-in-law who can’t even afford a watch?”
Artificial Intelligence usually beats real stupidity.
“I think a really funny joke would be for NASA to send up rockets and push a bunch of planets out of alignment. Then they could sit back and laugh when everyone realizes that their horoscopes aren’t coming true.”
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.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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