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Why I Will Always Have Hope

Anne Frank said, “Where there’s hope, there’s life.”

I cannot comprehend how anyone would care to live without hope.  When life’s storms rage around us, hope is the ever present life ring ready to be thrown to us.  My hope comes in many ways.  Certainly my faith is at the top of the list.  I am a strong believer in the power of prayer. I believe in Letting Go, and Letting God.  Non-believers might respond that prayer has no scientific basis, that it is merely a placebo.  Well, what if that is all that it was.  Even placebos have been shown to bring improvements to a person’s state of being.

How do I keep hope?

For one thing, I am a planner.  If you don’t believe me, ask my wife.  I plan everything.  I spend more time planning our cruises, than the time we spend on the cruise.  By planning, I have something to anticipate.  It’s important to have something to look forward to.

I also strive to be an optimistic person.  Hope will only take you so far.  If you are an eternal pessimist, it’s hard to overcome your negativism sufficiently to accept hope.

I eliminate as much worry from my life as possible.  I try to overcome worry by being pro-active in my planning.  I use some of my engineering background by considering the best case-worse case scenario.  Again, my faith comes in here, because when the worse case scenarios involve death, my faith gives me a great best case scenario from this.  Also similar to this is doing a lot of pros versus cons list.

I work hard to reject despair and choose hope.

I try to surround myself with other hopeful people.

Please respond and let me know what gives you hope, and if there’s anything I can do to Bring you Hope.

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About Jerry Haynes

OK, where do I start. I was born…., no that line has already been taken.Call me…, oops so has that one. Well, I won’t attempt to spout musical prose, and just be myself. I grew up in the small cotton mill town of Fries, VA. My parents were hardworking members of the middle class. They never earned more than a little over minimum wage, but I can never remember lacking for anything. After graduating from Fries High School in 1969, I started to VA Tech. After two years of partying (1st), going to movies (2nd), and studying, well, much further down the list, VA Tech decided I need a two year break to get my priorities straight. With a number 8 in the draft lottery, I knew that even if the Hokies didn’t want me, Uncle Sam did. I joined the US Navy. I got my priorities straight. I’m proud to be a Viet Nam veteran, but feel guilty I never got deployed. I graduated from Tech in 1977 with a BS in Civil Engineering. For the next 35 years I would work in both the private and public sectors. My first job took me to Tazewell County, Virginia where I soon joined the Jaycees. This ignited my passion for individual development. This passion still burns today.

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