When I was thirty-four, I had a pretty good heart attack. In fact, it killed me for a minute and a half. My father had died of a heart attack at age forty-one when I was nine years old. Therefore, I was terrified that I wasn’t going to be with our kids as they grew up.
Our daughter Lisa, has the ability to quickly pick up on the lyrics of popular songs. She was also nine when I had my heart attack. Lisa came often to the hospital and sang to me “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie.” The lyrics and seeing her singing them, helped me emotionally (and probably physically)….and still does.
Side note: Luckily, I went to a Toronto hospital with chest pains a few hours before my heart attacked me in 1977. The nurses re-started my heart with a defibrillator the size of a microwave oven. Over the past 33 years, technology has greatly reduced the size and weight of heart defibrillators. I now have one implanted in my chest that is smaller than a pocket watch….and that includes its 8-year battery. Amazing!
In the absence of certainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.
Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.
Lyrics by Martin Charnin. Music by Charles Strouse.
Sung by Barbra Streisand.
(From the musical and film “Annie.”)
The sun will come out tomorrow.
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there'll be sun.
Oh, the sun will come out tomorrow,
so I've got to hang on 'til tomorrow come what may.
Tomorrow, tomorrow. I love you, tomorrow.
You're always just a day away.
It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.
No matter what you do, don't ever stop believing in better times and brighter days. There are too many possibilities, too many opportunities, and too many dreams to ever lose hope.
When times are bad, they can only get better. When things are okay, a little encouragement will help them stay that way. And the horizon of tomorrow may hold surprises that will make things better than you ever imagined.
So don't give up hope and don't ever stop believing in the things that you can do. It could be that one of your dreams is just waiting for you to make it come true.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you imagined.
Henry David Thoreau