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I Hope, I Wish, I Dream.

I do this for a reason. I want you to donate to a children’s charity and write to me. Please see the About Lesley page or read the instructions at the end of this post…..

I know it has been a long time since I wrote here. I haven’t gone away, life simply took my time for a while.

Today I wanted to talk about hope. From that internet, I tool the following definition:-

Hope is the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or in the world at large. Despair is often regarded as the opposite of hope. Hope is the “feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” or the act of “looking forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence” or “feeling that something desired may happen.

My hope today is rooted in my beloved rugby, specifically the hope that Ireland can beat the All Blacks. I am watching as I type and am almost hyperventilating with excitement as the score stands at Ireland 22, New Zealand 17. There are 15 minutes of glorious but tortuous remaining in the match. I want to hope, I do believe. Most punters would not have imagined this scoreline based on the performance last week against Australia. They were lacklustre, uninspiring. This week a new team came onto the pitch with grim faces and a new determination. This is the best play I have seen in two years. I am proud but scared, eleven minutes to go and only five points separate us. COME ON IRELAND!

So that is my hope for this one day. A positive hope for the glory of a squad of men in green shorts. However, for so many people hope and despair are cruelly linked. People hope like they breathe, it is a natural state. We all have dreams. For some the hope is for their team to perform well, that perfect dress, a weekend away. For too many alas, their hope is for safety, water, food, shelter. So many victims of hate, war, even weather.

When I look at news stories this week I see people held as slaves in the first world, people struggling to exist in the Philippines as aid is distributed in chaotic conditions. I see news that children are being targeted by snipers in Syria. Over 11,000 children have died in this conflict and it is reported that hundreds have been shot. What mindset do you have to be able to do that? I can’t, don’t want to understand.

As I write now my hopes have been dashed for today. Last minute try and conversion by New Zealand gives a final score of Ireland 22, New Zealand 24. I am so sad for our amazing men, they performed like giants and must now feel despair. I now hope they take hope from their performance today into the Six Nations and play the way they are meant to, they way they did today.

I also hope that you will read my words and think about giving hope to someone who really needs help. One of the things that makes us human is hope that things will be better, people kinder.

I close, as always, with this:-

  • Please donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are older.

I will:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading,


November 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment


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