Hope is a Good Thing, Maybe the Best of Things, and No Good Thing Ever Dies.
I love this line from The Shawshank Redemption. Andy says in a letter to Red, “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
The Shawshank Redemption also gave us this great line; “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
Let’s talk about hope first. I’ve always considered myself one of the most hopeful people I’ve ever met. I don’t think I would have gotten into the field of helping people change if I didn’t think they had a shot at it. Since getting diagnosed with cancer and the now subsequent chemotherapy, my “never skip a beat”, rock-solid sense of hope has been shaken. Literally. I think it fell off the shelf the day I got diagnosed. I picked it up, noticing some dings and scratches, and put it back on the shelf. It keeps falling off the shelf and I keep picking it back up and putting it back on the shelf. My hope has not broken. My hope has not died. It’s just a little bruised right now. Ok, maybe a lot bruised. Bruises heal.
In order to have hope, we have to have an expectation or desire for a certain thing to happen. The day I was diagnosed and my hope fell off the shelf, I guess I was hoping for a long, disease-free life. When I was waiting for the results after surgery….thud…hope fell off the shelf. When I got so sick after my first chemotherapy cycle, my hope fell off the shelf. And, my hope continues to fall off the shelf. And, I continue to pick it back up. Not hoping or living life without hope is not really living. Which is a nice lead in to the second line I quote from Shawshank Redemption; “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
Cancer is a thief. It will steal from you if you let it. Not only will it take hope, it will steal time, and rob relationships. I’m not speaking of cancer shortening life span. I’m speaking of cancer invading every “now” moment and crowding out living in the present. Doesn’t that scream get busy dying? No matter the circumstances of our lives, shouldn’t we all get busy living? You first have to know what living means to you. What’s important? What do you value? How do you want to spend your time? Then ask yourself; am I living this life? Sadly, most of us are not.
Well, what are you waiting for?