Posts Tagged: hope


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Apr 13

Knocked down but not out

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Yep… me again.

This may sound like a weird question, but have you ever had the breath knocked out of you?

I have and it’s horrible.  If you have had such an experience you know what I mean when I say that everything stops.

You just collapse and lie helplessly trying to sneak in any morsel air into your lungs.  The twenty seconds of incapacitation seems an eternity when breath is absent and you have no ability to capture any air.

There’s a weird dynamic that takes place.  You lie there helpless yet on another level you know you’re not going to die.

After a bit you are able to gasp in a shallow breath, wait a few more seconds and take a little deeper breath.

When you’re able to breathe normally the first thing you do is to take in the deepest breath possible.  It is then that you realize what a gift and blessing a slow deep breath really is.

It’s only when you lose something that you realize its value.

What do you do when life knocks the breath out of you?

I don’t want to be an alarmist, but at some point you will get sucker punched in the stomach by life and the world as you know it will stop.  It could be a death of a loved one, broken dream, lost job, a relationship ended, or the realization of personal shortcomings that surfaced.

You will lie there trying to gasp for any breath.

Some of you reading this today are wondering why I am being so negative… you want something uplifting… some emotional happy juice.

Believe it or not, I am going to be uplifting.

Someone reading this today is emotionally lying lifeless on the ground and you can’t catch your breath.

This blog entry is especially for you.  You see, at just the right time God gives you a quick breath as you gasp for emotional air.

The reality starts to emerge that when life deals us a blow and empties us, good things are not far behind.

The important thing is that we have to believe it and receive it.

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Hard times always lead to something great.

- Betsey Johnson

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I am no different from anyone else.   I hate being punched.  But I have also found that it is only through loss that one finds the true value of life things.

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I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times.

- Willie Nelson

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Yes, you may be lying there today struggling for breath.

Relax… trust the reality that in a short while you will be able to take a long deep breath and experience life to the fuller.

Ciao.


22
Dec 11

Filling in the Blanks

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Hi, good to have you hang out with me for a while.

In the last blog entry I messed with your head a bit when I titled the blog “Christmas is H _ _ _ !”.

I talked about the natural tendency to fill in the blanks (or any information gap) with things that tend to be negative.

I promised to fill in the blanks… and I will… but let me set the stage first.

As I mentioned in the last blog, I tend to be a pretty positive person.  But it seems to be more of a challenge these days.

It feels like the world is getting increasingly weirder, angrier and polarized.  Have you noticed?

I have never seen so much anger, distrust, cynicism, threats, and fighting… and that’s just getting out of the church parking lot.  Just kidding, just kidding, but you get my point.

You have to admit, the world does seem to be pulling apart more so than pulling together.

There seems to be no middle ground on anything anymore, only polarized positions with each side entrenched in their respective opinions.

The opening paragraph of Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities seems pretty relevant.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Charles Dickens,
English novelist (1812 – 1870)

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On the surface the world seems pretty hopeless.  But it’s not.  Not at all.

By now you may have guessed what the “H” word is from the title of the last blog… HOPE!

Christmas is HOPE!

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The possibility of hope scares a lot of people.  I found a very interesting quote.

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Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Wow.  That only comes from someone who has no hope.  Sad… so sad.

We have to be honest.  For many people living in a troubled world, Hope does seem a bit illusive.

But you have to have Hope to survive.  Take a look at this great clip from the movie, The Shawshank Redemption.

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Hope is real.  The reality of Hope came into the world nearly 2000 years ago.

Light was provided for a dark world.

Side Note: To my non-Christian friends don’t get all weirded out because I will be talking about Jesus.

As always, I am not trying to get you to believe what I believe.  That is something you work out personally with God.  I am just sharing how the reality of Hope impacts me.

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Now to some of my non-Christian friends you may think I am trying to promote my religion.  Not at all.

Religion in itself cannot provide Hope … it never will.  In fact, religion has added to the negativity and polarization the world is experiencing.

But Hope comes from the reality that Christmas celebrates… a savior was born… a Universe rejoiced… darkness pierced.

Merry Christmas!


17
Oct 11

Something’s burnin…

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Welcome back.

I wasn’t too sure if you would show up after I threatened to put on my kicking boots in the last blog entry.

If I say so myself… they are pretty impressive kicking boots (picture in previous blog entry).  If someone approached you wearing those boots it would most definitely make your butt pucker.

As most of you know, I am generally a feel good, encouraging kind of guy.  But for what ever reason, over the last couple of months I have felt the need to drive home the need for action.

If you start pushing people (myself included) you begin walking a fine line between motivating a person to action and causing them to dig in their heels.

No one likes to be pushed (I sure don’t).  But a shove into the deep end of the pool is necessary sometimes.

Until a person gets to the point where they are self motivated, a push by a person who cares is a God send.  So I care enough to push… maybe not hard enough or specific enough… but I am trying.

The reality is, everyone wants more.  I am not talking about more stuff or money.  I am talking about more out of life.  Everyone wants more and I will prove it.

Side Note: A lot of you hate it when people make generalizations like the one I made in the previous sentence.  I felt the hackles on your neck raise and I heard some of you say, how does he know?  Not everyone feels the need for more out of life!

OK… maybe there is someone somewhere but I just had to tweak your nose a bit to make a point.

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“All generalizations are false… even this one.”

- Mark Twain

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I prove my point not to be snotty or arrogant. I do so to help pierce the shell of the status quo.  But none-the-less I will prove my statement.

I prove my point with a simple question.

What would you attempt, if you knew you wouldn’t fail?

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Everyone wants more… if they believed it were a possibility.

I would write that book, open that business, move to another place, try that career, touch those lives, get that degree, etc., etc., etc.

This is the sad reality.  Life and life experiences have a way of slowly smothering the more in life.  The embers remain but they are covered by the cold hard surface.

My goal is to poke a hole in the encrusted surface and fan the embers into a flame.  Hopefully something begins to burn deep within.

Hope is oxygen for the flame.  The possibility of something, provides hope which breaths life into a dying flame.

Whether you feel like it or not… things are not dead for you.  There are possibilities if we believe it and are willing to be bold enough to take a step.

Personally, I want to be a person of hope.  I not only want to continually believe there is more for me but to be a purveyor of HOPE.  How cool is that?

This James Thurber quote from one of his writings is how I want to be.

.“He was always leaning forward, pushing something invisible ahead of him.”

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Ciao, see you Thursday.