Monday, 15 August 2011

Hope is sometimes all we have


There are times in life when you need HOPE, the desire to see a positive outcome. I use to visit a customer that had a poster over his desk. It stated that it was okay to be concerned bit not okay to worry. I used to wonder about the difference then decided to look up the meanings. I soon realised being 'concerned' was taking an interest, trying to affect the outcome for good. 'Worrying' however, was seeing only a negative outcome.

Once we Worry, we cease to affect the outcome of any event for the good. We don't worry we will win, we worry we will loose. The word Worry is charged with negativity, and sometimes we don't need any more negatives. It is these times, that all we can do is HOPE.

On the 17th of July I posted about Hope, I shared the picture of the little flower that overcame a concrete jungle.




I mentioned that I came across it while Hospital visiting, which we are still doing. My mum spent several weeks in Hospital in July, and after a short spell at home is now back in Christie's Hospital. Those in the UK will realise from the name, that this hospital specialises in the treatment of Cancer. We still have hope. The staff are very caring and doing all they can to build her strength to a point she is well enough to handle chemotherapy.
I don't share this for sympathy or concern, but I have had reason today to realise that not facing these things head on serves no purpose. 
In Harry Potter, Voldermort is referred to as "HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED" as though not using the name offers some protection. As I grew up having lost grandparents to Cancer, the word became taboo, always referred to as "The Big C" . Now those taboos need to be washed away. 
It is somewhat over whelming, to walk into a hospital like Christie's and realise that ALL the patients there are fighting the same thing. Some are winning, some are loosing but the fight goes on. There is HOPE on so many peoples faces. 

I have to be honest, its hard to write this but it is my therapy. I have spent the last hour looking for a motivational video that will give me and others hope. Then I came across a guy named Nick Vuijcic. You can't watch this without realising there is ALWAYS hope, whatever life hands us we CAN overcome. 

Nick, a Christian, believes that "he who is thankful, can't be bitter" 

Watch and be stunned by his happy attitude to life. Then share it with others, HOPE is infectious.







21 comments:

Elizabeth Mueller said...

What a fantastic and uplifting post! A FB friend of mine said this, which goes PERFECT for your post: The greatest insurance plan ever ... no need to worry, God is over all ...


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Jenny said...

Praying for your family as you experience all of this. The Lord has promised to never leave us. I LOVE Nick Vujicic's outlook and have written several posts about him on my blog. His book "Life Without Limits" is awesome.

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

I've seen this wee man before...he is the most uplifting person to listen to.
We will hold good thoughts over here for your Mom and your family.

Crystal Pistol said...

One of my fave thoughts is "Be still and know that I am God." There is a great to be happy about in light of the fact we are in good hands and there is a plan for each of us.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Without hope and faith (and love) we have nothing.

Raejean said...

Sometimes when people find out I have twins they that's something they couldn't handle. But I've learned that when challenges come, we don't think about handling them, we just do.

The Lord knows our needs and our limitations and he won't abandon us or test us beyond what we can handle. I pray that you and your family will have hope and peace during your trials.

Middle-aged Mormon Man said...

Thank you for sharing this meaningful post.
Hope is the vision, faith is the work to realize it.
May you and your family be blessed with both.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Dear John and family .. life is so difficult and I pray that you all will adapt to the difficulties of the situation with brave and positive hearts .. my blessings for you all ...

I've just read Helen Rollason's book "Life's too short" .. it was a very good read - she died in her late 40s .. leaving a teenage daughter .. and puts many things in perspective. It may very well help a great deal.

I have been with my mother after her strokes for 4 1/2 years now and during that time have been with my uncle who very sadly died of cancer .. and they both have had good lives and that's what I remember .. I was impressed with Helen's book .. it came out in 2000 ..

The Hospice will be brilliant too - they were with my uncle .. and in fact came to help my mother for one advisory visit ..

With many thoughts - Hilary

Cathy said...

Wow! That was beautiful.

I'm so sorry for struggle you and your family are going through. My stepmom is in about the same situation. It's never easy, is it?

We were talking about prayer in Sunday school and the importance of praying for others. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Take care.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

HOPE is what keeps us going. I'm sorry for what you are going through with your mom, but remember: cancer is a word ... not a sentence.

Tara Tyler said...

thanks for the uplifting post! need some hope for the economy to turn around w/o a world war!

Susan Kane said...

Hope, faith, courage--This man is amazing.
God bless your mother, and your family as you work through the hardships of cancer.

Anne-Marie said...

The Christie is amazing....I can vouch for the surgical and radiotherapy teams.
Nothing was too much trouble....and they all have optimism written in their faces.
That helped me so much when I was having my treatments. Take it from me...you get to the point that every nuance is examined closely....
Hope and faith and love was what got me through, and you and your Mum, and whole family will now be in mine and Ken's prayers, and fasts.
I'm taking it your Mum is on the Prayer Roll already.

Anonymous said...

Babs and Bryan appreciated the thoughts and the video
Just to let you know we're are thinking about you all

Duckie. said...

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers, that video shows that there is always someone out there worse off than you doesn't it
John's Dad

Lisa said...

John, love and light to you and yours. Our family in WA is praying for you. Heavenly Father is with you and He holds you in his hands. Much love...

Arlee Bird said...

When worry is replaced with trust, then hope falls into place naturally.

The video is so inspiring.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm so sorry that your mom is going through this. I'm sure that you are a huge help to her, and positive thoughts do go a long way.
Julie

Kelley said...

This was extremely touching!! I work a few hours a week at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. I have worked there in some capacity for the last 12 years. Along with the pain, I have seen a lot of smiles and felt much hope. I will be praying for your mother!

Diane said...

Absolutely inspirational! I was feeling down, plagued by my problems and then you gave me this. It just proves, once more, that the Lord is so aware of us. He knew what I needed. This young man's 'attitude is altitude'. And it is through the hands of others that his work gets done . . . Thank you!

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