Money + Time + Energy = Life?
My sister sent me a cartoon early this morning that depicts life & establishes these observations:
Childhood - Lots ot time & energy but NO money.
Adulthood – Lots of energy & money but NO time.
Old Age – Lots of money & time but NO energy.
Essentially this is true for most people.
The question I’ve though is ‘What is life then?’
Does it mean one has to have money, time and energy to be having a good life? Or this is just not it, there is more?
I’ve no true answer but upon some reflection, another element comes up top, imho. It is a life that is lived with hope I think is a good one and despite the fact that it is hard to quantify or qualify hope and even the definition of hope differs among different people, it is still hope that triumphs. Why do I say so? Well, a person with lots of money, time and energy may not necessary think he’s living a good life. The fact that many people in this world had ‘arrived’ in other’s definition doesn't mean these people are perceiving themselves to have lived happily ever after. Think Elvis, think of the many famous people who have had ended their lives before time.
Yet, those who live with hopes, those who live in unbearable or subpar surroundings in many parts of Africa and Asia, those who live with a belief that they can improve their conditions, those are the people living a ‘good’ life, I think. It’s all within that makes it good. Sure, the environment we all live in accounts for a great part of our wellbeing. Still, it is not a motivator once we have had it. Hope is something that we need to carry on life meaningfully with. It is the source of inspiration and the motivating force to live to the best of our abilities. Without hope, life is meaningless. It is like a zombie reliving the daily routines, even though that routine might be luxurious to many people. Yet, hope is not something that can be cultivated, trained or acquired. It is personal, it is elusive and it is crucial. We spend time educating ourselves in schools and universities about science, arts and humanities. But how much time do we spend on cultivating hopes? Can we cultivate hopes? He/She who can inspire or bring hopes to the world is indeed a great person. Think Jesus Christ, think Mother Teresa, think Martin Luther King. Perhaps in today’s world, think Barack Obama.
Whoever you think is a model for hope is not as important as to think of oneself with hopes. I’ve known a great many successful people who lost hopes along the way (as with me at times). However, while one may be inflicted with a terminal disease like Farrah Fawcett was, it was hopeful and courageous to see her lived through it with hopes (If you have not seen Farrah's Story, go check it out online & see it for yourself). There was no miracle in Farrah’s story, but who is to say that in her fight against cancer that she had not been creating miracles in others’ life? Who is to say she has not inspired others to live a more hopeful and treasured life? I’m sure she has done wonders which she will no longer knows but who is to say she wouldn’t have smiled in heaven now?
So, whether you’ve it or not, whether you think about it or not, it is of ultimate importance that you live life with hope. Hopes that you will have a better tomorrow, hopes that you will be what you hope to be and hopes that you’ve lived a life that is meaningful not only to yourself but to many others whom you care about and love as well. Hence, it is with hope that I write this review in that those who needs to see this will see it and as Richard Bach said so well:
"Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there.
What you choose to do with them is up to you."
As Birdee Pruitt (on the movie Hope Floats) puts it : “Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. That's what momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will... “
Life is a gift from your parents; Hope is a gift from God!
In fact, an interesting thing happened when I go in search of "hope" on Google! Guess what, I found 446,000,000 entries! There is an awful lots of hope around afterall! ;-)
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Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.
When used in a religious context, hope carries a connotation of being aware of what Christians see as spiritual truth; see Hope (virtue). In Christian theology, hope is one of the three theological virtues (faith, hope, and love), which are spiritual gifts of God. In contrast to the above, it is not a physical emotion but a spiritual grace. Hope is distinct from positive thinking, which refers to a therapeutic or systematic process used in psychology for reversing pessimism. The term false hope refers to a hope based entirely around a fantasy or an extremely unlikely outcome.
In some religious contexts hope changes from being a verb to a noun. For instance, when Christians say they have hope in God they are not saying they hope God will give them good things and make their lives happier but that God is in fact, their hope.