Tuesday, October 19, 2010
"H" is for Hope!
This tells me a few things: Either many people have a lot of hope and want everyone to know about it, OR things are so bad in our society today that people need some hope that their lives will get better.
Incredibly, as I sat contemplating this post and what I would write about, I saw quite a few commercials on television about this very topic, not hope exactly, but the idea that the future could be improved, a reason to give a person hope. Health issues, Social Services, and Politics were just some of the ads I saw.
The number of ads for research and medications to help various illnesses were high. In about two hours of watching t.v. I saw that there are many research studies going on to try to find cures for various diseases. Having a chronic and incurable disease myself, I could only imagine how wonderful my future would be if there was a cure to make me healthy, and more able to enjoy my life by being able to do the things that I can only dream about now. I have hope that day will soon come. Can you imagine how much better your life would be if you could just take a pill and have your diabetes, high blood pressure or whatever ails you be under control for the day, giving you the freedom to do whatever you want? New medications and procedures are being discovered everyday to give people the chance to do just that, and with those discoveries comes hope for a brighter future.
There were ads for Big Brothers and Sisters and other children's groups. These programs bring joy, happiness and acceptance into a young persons life. Their self-esteem blossoms from the friendships that they make and the new opportunities they have give them hope for a better life. For kids from broken or single parent homes, the programs they can get involved in are priceless for their future. Being in at risk situations sometimes, these kids don't generally have the same benefits as others, but having great programs for them to get involved in can make a huge difference in their lives.
Right now in Canada we are getting ready to exercise our right to vote on City Council and Mayoral races. We hope that we check the right box and make the best decision about who's hands we are putting our Municipality in. We also hope that we get the things that we need in our communities to help the citizens and get the things that were promised to us during the race.
There are many things that are going wrong in our world right now, from big problems like Global Warming, the Gulf Oil Spill and the economy to individual problems that we all have and want to be resolved. In some cases we may be able to do some things to help ourselves out of undesirable situations, but other times these problems are just out of our hands. When we can't do anything to help, at least we can HOPE.