Above All, Do Not Lose Hope

Above All, Do Not Lose Hope.
Seems like an easy enough sentence to follow, and or heed the advice of others who give said advise. However, many people lose hope every single day, in many different ways.

It has been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. I firmly believe that they do not, because if you are desperate, and I think we all have been at some point in our lives, desperate measures will only sink you further down in the hole we call desperation. So, there is never a need for desperate measures, it will only hurt you and never help you.

Hope is a fickle thing, it is not tangible, it is an idea, and that idea can come in many forms. We hope for change, we hope we are published, I hope someone reads this and it helps them. That is the good side of hope. It does have a darker side too. I hope I can find some way to pay for food this week, I hope I can kick my addiction before it kills me, I hope I can find a way to stay warm this winter.

Just to be clear, I am not talking about myself here, by the grace of God, I do not have any of these problems.

So lets talk about me for a second.
I have a pretty damn good children’s picture book called “The Teapot And The Trumpet” that I am currently working on publishing through smashwords, I know, I know, it is about damn time, Jim. That is the point, I did not lose hope, even though it has been an incredibly long process for me, about three years or so.

During this we lost our black lab, Toby. He was 12 years old and he was not a pet, Toby was part of our family, and a part we miss every day. As hard as that was I wrote though it, I wrote this blog and worked on the book and started to write a novel.

Then my older brother Rusty passed away on April 30, 2012 Rusty was fifty years old when he died, and he lived life by his terms. Again it hurt, but I wrote through it.

Then on March 20, 2013 I lost my father, for whom I am named after.
That hurt, a lot. It hurt so much that I did not write a single word, I did the bare minimum of what I needed to do on a daily basis, I got up, went to work, came home and watched tv, and repeated that for 104 days. I have a tendency to not lose, no matter what life throws at me, no matter how hard or how many times life knocks me down, I always get up swinging.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and,
Above All, Do Not Lose Hope.


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