“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
This writer has no idea what it must be like to live in a remote village in Kenya where fresh water is a luxury. I have no idea what it must be like to live in Thailand and have my home washed away by a tsunami, or to live under an oppressive government where human rights are denied.
Through it all, I have always remembered the words of my father. I grew up hearing him say, “Bill, we must always move forward. No matter the obstacle, no matter the difficulty, man was made to move forward.” My dad, God bless his soul, always believed that as long as there was a breath in us, we always had hope, and today I believe those words as well.
The only time the battle is lost is when we give up hope! In our veins flows the blood of pioneers, explorers, conquerors and yes, survivors. In our veins flows the blood of people who were beaten down, pushed aside, and held under the thumb of oppression, and yet they, too, were survivors.
As long as there is a breath left in us, there is hope. I should have died six years ago in a hotel room in Anchorage, Alaska. I had done everything in my power to drink myself to death, but a part of me would not give up. A part of me continued to stare at that glimmer of light at the end of the dark tunnel, and a part of me continued to cling to life with a tenacity I did not know I possessed.
I would not give up hope! Despite the seemingly hopeless circumstances, I would not give up hope!
Don’t tell me you cannot do it…get up and move forward! Don’t tell me you have no chance…get up and move forward! Don’t tell me that it is all hopeless and there is no point in continuing…get up and move forward! Don’t tell me that you are not worth the effort…get up and move forward!
There is a saying in sports that the game ain’t over until the Fat Lady sings. That is how I feel about life and hope. Life ain’t over until all hope runs out, and all hope runs out the day we die and not a moment sooner.
Never Losing Hope - Written by B. Holland