It was the kind of scene that got branded on one’s mind. One got to see it one early morning recently in newspapers, in awed surprise. A young lady and her pet dog, both handicapped and making the best of life in wheelchairs, undaunted by their disabilities, were shown going about their daily routine, perfectly and blissfully. The scene, both looking into each other’s eyes, now and then, as if they were conversing some important issue, while taking a routine morning walk in a park, was a source of great inspiration that could instill hope even in the most hopeless.
The message was clear: Life is great and no disability is a shortcoming to live it fully, purposefully and meaningfully. The dog, very lovingly and accurately named Hope, was found with her hind legs cut off and was rescued by the lady, and a suitable wheelchair to give the dog her two hind legs was made to order. And lo! the two got to live a normal life, as if nothing was wrong with them, becoming for each other the reason to live life with hope and aspirations.
Even though, the picture didn’t identify the lady and her pet, it did not fail to send out a clear message that life is meant to live well under all circumstances; and that disabilities need not frustrate one as such people develop abilities that normal guys lack or fail to develop.
The point one wants to drive home is that it is hope that sustains life. Hope stands for (just coined as I write it) ‘honesty, optimism, positivity, endeavour’. Hope is that tool in life that makes you wake up from the state of hopelessness and misery. It is a tool that injects in you the wish to honestly aspire for anything that seemed thus far impossible to achieve. That is why it is said (Irish proverb) that “hope is the physician for each misery.” It not only shows you the silver linings but also gives you the confidence to wake up, get up and get going until you get the chance to say hurray!
Hope gives you the strength to work hard; and working hard means making hard tasks easier. You get a solution if you are persistent in your effort with a bit of imagination. There are, after all, many a solution for many problems that you could resolve only if you are keen to seek a solution with a little imagination. Of course, all that needs you to be hopeful until the very last moment of victory. Losing hope midway is like inviting failure, for sure.
As the proverb says, hope is grief’s best music. Hope cheers us up when we are about to be down and out. It comes as a messiah to your rescue and we are taken to the shore safely.