Dear friends and readers,
Again and again life will have a testing point and will sometimes drowned our energy mentally and physically. It will test our faith and will keep on testing where our hope lead us.
Going back and forth from home to hospital since last Friday and looking at my father’s health deteriorate day by day actually drained me. But something happen for the past 2 days when they took my father for therapy. In the session there are 9 patients with different illnesses. Out of 9 patients my father is the only one who is still alert and able to understand the instruction by the therapist. Ya Allah…you showed me Your wonders…a patient who amputee both legs and now has a disability, been fed by tube, a woman who is diagnose with skin cancer had a mild stroke, lost her speech and I just couldn’t describe in details for the rest. I only know how fortunate my father is. With his weak heart, from mild to acute stroke he is still alert and conscious with no tube attached to his body. Only from time to time he need oxygen to help him with his breathing.
I realised and understand until the time comes there is always hope and we need to do and keep on praying for the best. I am today sharing another meaningful poem by Makhtal Ali for us to cherish every moment we have.
You Still Have Hope
If you can look at the sunset and smile, then you still have hope.
If you can find beauty in the colors of a small flower, then you still have hope.
If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly, then you still have hope.
If the smile of a child can still warm your heart, then you still have hope.
If you can see the good in other people, then you still have hope.
If the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull you to sleep, then you still have hope.
If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder, then you still have hope.
If the soft fur of a favored pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips, then you still have hope.
If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism, then you still have hope.
If you give people the benefit of a doubt, then you still have hope.
If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life, then you still have hope.
If receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise, then you still have hope.
If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and frustration, then you still have hope.
If you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end, then you still have hope.
If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection, then you still have hope.
If you still buy the ornaments, put up the Christmas tree or cook the supper, then you still have hope.
If you can look to the past and smile, then you still have hope.
If, when faced with the bad, when told everything is futile, you can still look up and end the conversation with the phrase…”yeah…BUT.,” then you still have hope.
Hope is such a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break. It sustains us when nothing else can. It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we’d rather give in.
Hope puts a smile on our face
when the heart cannot manage.
Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it.
Hope moves us to act
when our souls are confused of the direction.
Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and nurtured, and something that will refresh us in return.
And it can be found in each of us, and it can bring light into the darkest of places.
Never lose hope !
By: Makhtal Ali
Compiled by : Sanaa 27/3/2012