Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Give Hope a Chance....

In this day and age, we are continually paddling through a sea of bad news. Nearly drowning in stories about shootings, tragic accidents, natural disasters, violence, drugs, the economy, et al. Throw us a life preserver. Please. 

It’s oh so cliché but hope truly does float. It is hope that we tightly cling to in the midst of life’s storms to keep us afloat. If we merely wish not to sink, we are certain to drown. Hope is the conscious act of keeping our head above water and not letting negativity swallow us up whole. Just. Keep. Swimming. 

What images or symbols elicit that feeling of hope within you and lift you up regardless of the circumstances that surround you? 

A few tried-and-true mood picker-uppers that just might have you teeming with hope:

          A Baby…

Innocent, pure, full of joy; babies, hold the future within them. Tiny diaper-covered inspirations that encourage us to make this world of ours a better place.

          A Candle…

A single wick of flame, although it can be feeble and wavering, is enough light to guide and lead you out of the darkness.


The first bloom of spring ushered in by newfound warmth and sunshine conveys abundant opportunities of rebirth, renewal and growth.

          A Sunrise…

With each daily rising of the sun comes a promise of a new day, a fresh start, a clean slate, another chance. Carpe diem.

A divinely magical appearance that paints itself across the misty sky, pushing through the clouds proclaiming that in the end there is, indeed, sun after the rain.

On a personal note, I’m adding one to the list.

          A “Hope” Diamond…

My daughter and her long-time boyfriend recently announced the happy news of their engagement. They are a young couple by today’s standards and, while we certainly have heard from some naysayers, we’ve mostly been overwhelmed with good wishes. In times of soaring divorce rates, infidelity and a general lack of faith in relationships, people still believe in love. We are not hardened enough yet to disbelieve that a young couple can make a strong future together. We believe love can endure, flourish and survive with the desire to fight for it and to keep it alive. That there, overflows my cup with hope.

So why not? Go ahead. Give HOPE a chance… what do you have to lose?


  1. Awes, gave me goose bumps. Congrats on their engagement. How exciting that must be!

    1. Many, many thanks!! Now on to wedding planning... ;)

  2. Once again you bring a tear to my eye, "Hope" is believing in something...it's like faith; a PROMISE! I am so happy for the both of them!

    1. Oh Hol, no cry!! No worries... you'll be invited to the wedding. ;)

  3. you have to believe in love…..



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