Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hope raises its voice ...

Hope. Hope?
My hope is in the creator - the creator of the world and of you and me. There’s many mysteries I don’t have answers to (and to my surprise the list of mysteries and questions is increasing instead of decreasing) but I still have hope.
Without hope, it's impossible to keep going on this roller-coaster of life. Many days, I’ve lived on the thought that, "Tomorrow will be better than today" - that's hope. Hope in something I don't see, but I believe in.

                                                             The Hope of a New Day - Janet '09

I recently read these descriptions about hope. I love them and want to share them because I've had a health concern recently and cancer was on my mind, plus October is a month that most of us think about cancer more, since it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In Erma Bombeck's book called “I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise - Children Surviving Cancer” - a group of kids who had cancer were asked to describe "hope" as if it were an animal. Here are a few of the responses: 
  • Hope is about two and and half feet tall.
  • He is covered with fur and it's fluffy.
  • Hope giggles.
  • When it talks, you're the only one who can hear it.
  • Hope raises its voice sometimes ... to talk louder than fear.
  • Occasionally, Hope is shy and likes to hide.
  • If you don't take good care of it - it can die.
  • It will come to you only when you need it.
  • Hope has offsprings like any other animal. They're called 'Hopelets.' You don't keep them. You share them with other people who need one.
Kids can be profound. I found something in each of them that made me say, “Yes, that’s right!” I think my favorite is about Hope raising its voice to be louder than fear. After reading those kid’s descriptions, I wrote my own. My descriptions for hope are -
  • Hope is as comfortable as a soft, fluffy blanket.
  • Hope helps you breathe.
  • Hope can be knowledge - such as: knowing broken bones heal.
  • Hope is priceless.
Do you have hope? What does hope feel like to you? 
How would you describe hope?

(Edited and reposted)

3 comments:

Lauresa said...

Hi Janet. Thanks so much for sharing this post, on "Hope."
Take Care.
Reese

katdish said...

Hope whispers quietly, "You can endure, you can do this, I'm just around the bend"

Anonymous said...

Another book on my must read list! Thank you for doing this!
Cathy Bourner