“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~ Oscar Wilde
“You’re worth the effort. You’re worth the battle.” Keep reading to find out who said that and why.
Needing some inspiration today after having such a bad day yesterday, I looked up the definition of hope and this is what I found:
- To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Hope)
- To cherish a desire with anticipation; trust (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope)
- The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hope)
Lately, even when I've been at my darkest and most desperate, I know that it doesn't have to last forever. I know that, as Julia Roberts says in Steel Magnolias, “There are still good times to be had.” And I always remind myself of what Colleen Dewhurst says in Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.” Each tomorrow can be a do over of today. And that is what I HOPED for yesterday: that today had the potential to be better.
And I can say as of this moment I haven’t struggled as much as I did yesterday. And that is for what I had hoped.
I’m still under the weather with the flu. No more fever, but my glands and throat still hurt, and whatever has invaded my body has decided to journey to my chest, causing me to wake the dead with my hacking. I’m still taking the Emergen-C and Benadryl and am
impatiently waiting for the bug to run its course.
To add to the fun, I had an epidural this morning for my reoccurring back pain that I briefly mention here and here. It took the doctor several tries to get the needle in my back because I couldn’t stop coughing and sneezing. Good times.
Because of the epidural, I can’t run or work out today, not that I feel like it anyway. But being this inactive makes me feel so icky and gross. I feel very unhealthy right now, and I’m not used to that feeling. Without exercise and running, I feel psychologically dirty and unclean. In addition, I feel I’ve gained five pounds from lounging on the couch all day. Some would argue these are just mental distortions, and maybe they are, but they seem so real to me it’s extremely painful.
But I’ve had time to finish Catcher in the Rye (hope I never have to teach that to my students. The book has excellent literary devices, but I hate Holden Caufield) and started Water for Elephants.
Of special note, No More Bacon posted a blog today that really filled me with hope and positivity again. His words augmented me with motivation to know that I will get over the flu, I will run again, I will run a marathon, I will conquer my demons, I will . . . etc. He relates one of his personal struggles and how he overcame it. I suggest everyone run and read it. It made me cry, and I really wasn’t expecting that from a blog.
And with that I know I may be in the gutter right now, but his post made me want to look at the stars. . . again.