A man called Hope

Everyone can be a beacon of hope.

I’m being optimistic about 2019 when I say that.

I left 2018 with a challenging case of a referral of a young boy who had a very bad infection who developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). In layman’s terms, ARDS is a rapidly progressive disease that occurs in critically ill patients. Challenging is an understatement. For those in the medical field, coming to grips with a patient with ARDS is frustratingly painful for both the family and those who are caring for him. While several doctors worked through the holidays to save his life, one cannot undermine the power of prayers. His is a story of a miracle. The rest of us were simply instruments to the power of hope.

Hope is seeing light in spite of being surrounded by darkness.

They say that once you choose hope, anything is possible. Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It’s more on wishing that they won’t last forever. That hurts will be healed. Difficulties overcome. And we will all be led out of the darkness into sunlight.

We can all be a person of hope for everyone. Whatever profession we are in – government, health, law, education, and other jobs – we can be a beacon of joy for all. We don’t need to be on the front page advertising ourselves on all occasions. Being anonymous or helping others goes a long way in making this a better world.

Because as Maya Angelou puts it best, “hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay“.

What if?

What if a drug or an app or a seer could tell where, when, and how we would die, would we live our lives differently?

Where would the challenges in life be if we lived each day laden with anxiety and regrets? It’s probably the reason why there’s no such things as being able to see the future.

We can, however, prepare for it. To live and love each day without regrets. After all, preparing to die is painful to live. But living each day as if it were your last makes you ready for the worst without regrets.

God always brings in the storm of our lives so that we can enjoy the sunshine afterwards.

God’s hand is upon us today and everyday. Good or bad. Sunshine and rain.

– touching our life with joy

– blessing our heart with love

– comforting our soul with peace

What if I can wipe away the tears in your eyes? I will. But I can’t take you back to yesterday. Nor help you see your future. Or prepare you for the storms or sunshines of our lives. So I’m writing this for you… because only we can live the ‘what ifs’ of our lives.

Too busy to remember and enjoy life? Have you hugged lately the ones you will miss most when you or they are gone?