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Reasoned hope

David Coy 

If we wanted to dwell on the negative in our lives or in our world we certainly could. All we need to do is look around or listen to what is passed off as news reporting to find sufficient evidence to cause us grief. In our world there is the invasion of one nation into another, to another contemplating an invasion into still another. Or the unjust, immoral murder of individuals because they are different or live differently than some think they should. To the 71,000 overdose deaths from fentanyl in the U.S. last year. Or the dramatic rise in homicide in too many of our cities such as Philadelphia. Closer to home there are always family members who are struggling to combat cancer, or to cope with the death of a loved one, or loved ones struggling to manage chronic mental illness. There is more than enough sorrow to dwell upon if that is the direction we choose to focus our attention.

Yet, in spite of all of the above and more, there is reason to hope in today. What is the one thing that we all have? Whether rich or poor, whether male or female, child or adult, what do we all possess the same? A riddle I heard asks the question above this way: To the left, what is left no longer there, like ribbons and bows in her hair. Her head ahead we cannot see, adorned in bows eventually. It said what is left was once ahead adorned in ribbons and bows. Well, when they are not on our head, one is a gift who now knows? -author unknown. The answer is, our present. While we all possess today, there is hope for a better future, a better tomorrow. We can be better, our circumstances can change for the better, and to some extent we have control and influence as to the outcome. ~David

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