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When You’re Selling HOPE, Business is Good

“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, and I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime, I must hold on to my ideals. Perhaps the day will come when I’ll be able to realize them!” Anne Frank 

Many folks, myself included find it difficult to understand Anne Frank’s optimism that the onslaught of the Nazi war machine and the devastation it left in its wake would ever leave. Just remember this: She wrote these words when things were at their worst, when there was not a breath of a hint of change. Now that’s hope. No, that’s HOPE.

On several occassions while stationed in Vietnam, our compound took a hard shelling. That, with the communications workload causing us to work longer and harder hours during those days of maximum enemy activity (directing the fire back at the enemy), caused us to lose massive amounts of sleep. We (I) just wanted it to stop. But in the middle of it all, it seemed it would NEVER stop. But, of course, it did eventually cease.

Adults have a distinct advantage over children and adolescents when it comes to enduring hard times: They know from experience that the bad stuff subsides eventually (not always a given). Youngsters don’t really grasp this; they need caring, loving, sensitive and insightful adults to give them a little history lesson.

“It’s tough right now, but this too shall pass,” we might say. And it generally does.

 Kids learn this as they advance a few years. Then they in turn, encourage younger ones.

That’s the way it works.

James Sutton, Psychologist

June 6, 2007 - Posted by | Counselors, Educators, family, Inspirational, Parents, Self-esteem


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  2. Hope is what keeps us going! It is true that we learn that things will pass, life will get better!


    Comment by tobeme | June 8, 2007 | Reply

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