Let me ask you a question. If you had all that you have ever wanted and there were no challenges left in your life. If there was nothing left for you to accomplish and there was nothing in your life that was greater than your abilities. You had no questions about why things are the way they are. Would you have anything left to hope for?
The answer would be NO, you would already have been there, done that, got the T-shirt. But both you and I know that life doesn’t work like that, there will always be challenges in life. We will always have questions. There will always be times when we have to ask WHY? because we don’t understand. Life rarely gives us everything we want, instead, it offers us opportunities to grow and develop. Why then, do we act surprised by the challenges and problems that we have to face? If we know that hope is at the core of our lives then we must realize that if we ”have everything” there is nothing left for us to live for.
It is the HOPE that we can meet the challenge, solve the problem, improve our lives, make things better than they are, that is at the very core of all of us. It is what drives our lives. Without hope we have no life, hope is what makes us grow as humans, it builds our character and strengthens our resolve, motivates our actions and makes us want to continue living.
HOPE: teaches us self-reliance and self-confidence.
HOPE: allows us to learn patience and understanding.
HOPE: shows us the way to kindness and consideration.
HOPE: gives us the opportunity to mature into the person we can become.
Are there still things you want in life? Is there something you want to achieve?
Think About It, Aren’t They Things To HOPE For
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A shopkeeper worried when a business like his opened next door with a huge sign which read BEST DEALS. He was horrified when a competitor opened on his right, with an even larger sign, reading LOWEST PRICES. The shopkeeper got an idea. he put the highest sign over his shop. It read… MAIN ENTRANCE.
A golfer went into the pro shop and looked around frowning. Finally, the pro asked him what he wanted. “I can’t find any green golf balls,” the golfer complained. The pro looked all over the shop, and through all the catalogs. Finally, he called the manufacturers and determined that, sure enough, there were no green golf balls. As the golfer walked out the door in disgust, the pro asked him, “Before you go, could you tell me why you want green golf balls?”
“Well, obviously, because they would be so much easier to find in the sand traps!”
An investment counselor went out on his own. He was shrewd and diligent, so business kept coming in, and pretty soon he realized he needed an in-house counsel, so he began interviewing young lawyers. “As I’m sure you
can understand,” he started off with one of the first applicants, “in a business like this, our personal integrity must be beyond question.” He leaned forward. “Miss Peterson, are you an ‘honest’ lawyer?” “Honest?” replied the job prospect. “Let me tell you something about honesty. Why I’m so honest that my father lent me fifteen thousand dollars for my education and I paid back every penny the minute I tried my very first case.” “Impressive….. And what sort of case was that?” The lawyer squirmed in her seat and admitted, “He sued me for the money.”
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Aries Mar. 21 – Apr. 19: Relax, once you do you’ll feel better, you may decide to be lazy for a change. What’s wrong with that.
Taurus Apr. 20 – May 20: Someone’s trying very hard to annoy you. Don’t take the bait. Go your own way, do your own thing.
Gemini May 21 – June 20: Your imagination could get a little carried away. Avoid over-indulgence and keep control of your anger. Stay calm.
Cancer June 21 – July 22: Stay within your budget no matter what the temptation is. Put your future needs ahead of instant pleasures.
Leo July 23 – Aug 22: School activities gobble up more and more of your time. Make sure you’re getting the best return on your efforts.
Virgo Aug 23 – Sept 22: You may need to modify your expectations but don’t lower them. Keep striving towards those higher goals you set.
Libra Sept 23 – Oct 22: A completed successful project will put you in the spotlight. You will be invited to make a presentation about it.
Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21: Focus on what is happening around you. Another person may challenge you. Don’t be defensive. Stand firm.
Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 21: An older relative could show some caring interest in you. They also may have a surprise in store for you.
Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 19: Stick to what you know. This is not a time to venture into the unknown. Approach new ideas with caution.
Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18: Something is troubling your partner. Talk to him/her, listen to everything they have to say before you react.
Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20: Your positiveness not only propels you forward but also those around you. You inspire and motivate them. Keep it up.
Peterborough Lift Lock is not only the worlds highest hydraulic lift lock it also has ghosts. Some are so familiar to the staff at the lock that they are spoken of by name. There is Bumpy, an ex-employee, Art, and Billy, who died during construction. There have also been ghostly sightings of some who committed suicide there. Stories abound about the lock, like the one about a worker who, during construction lost his balance and fell to his death, right down the hollow centre column. Being too difficult to recover his body they just kept pouring concrete over him, encasing him in the lock forever. Another story is told about a group of maintenance workers, working in the bowels of the structure, who heard the sound of boot steps coming down the stairwell but no-one appeared. When one of them went to investigate they discovered wet boot prints leading right up to the centre column and stopping. The ghosts have been known to attack men. Witnesses have also reported screams, footsteps, unexplained odors, strange lights and faces peering out of the tunnels. To top it off the lock has also been cursed, by an unknown woman who was burned at the stake in the 1840’s. The curse is believed to be responsible for many of the accidents at the site.
Two unemployed guys are talking. One says, “I’m going to become a lion tamer.” The other replies, “That’s crazy, you don’t know nothing about no lion taming.” “Yes, I do!” “Well, OK, answer me this. When one of those lions comes at you all roaring and biting, what you gonna do?” “Well, then I take that big chair they all carry, and I stick it in his face until he backs down.” Well, what if the lion takes that big paw, and hooks the chair with them big claws, and throws that chair out of the cage? What do you do then?” “Well, then I takes that whip they all carry, and I whip him and whip him until he backs down.” “Well, what if that lion bites that whip with his big teeth, and bites it in two? What you gonna do then?” “Well, then I take that gun they all carry, and I shoot him.” “Well, what if that gun doesn’t work? What will you do then?” “Well, then I pick up some of the poop that’s on the bottom of the cage, and I throw it in his eyes, and I run out of the cage.” “Well, what if there ain’t no poop in the bottom of the cage? What you gonna do then?” “Well, that’s dumb. Cause if that lion comes at me, and he throws the chair out of the cage, and he bites the whip in two, and my gun doesn’t work, there’s going to be poop on the bottom of that cage, you can bet on that.”
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.