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Are people desperate or just gullible?

January 13, 2016 Leave a comment

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As lottery fever hits, and the Powerball jackpot is up to $1.5 billion, I am starting to see more and more lottery scams being posted on social media. It’s amazing what people will come up with to try to elicit false hope from people.

I like to think, actually I know, that my friends are smart people. Yet I see them sharing all kinds of hoaxes on Facebook. For example, do you really think that a random stranger would be willing to share his or her lottery winnings with anyone who likes, comments, or shares their “winning lottery ticket” on social media? Do my Facebook friends think that because this random person claims to have legal documentation that they are really legally bound to share their winnings ( that is assuming that they have a winning ticket).

If I won the lottery, I can tell you that I would definitely not share my winnings with random Facebook people. I have plenty of family and friends who deserve and need a share of my winnings. Should I have so much excess money after sharing it with those I care about, I can still say with certainty that I would not give my money out randomly. There are plenty of things that I could do with it. I would donate to worth while  charities, and I would be sure that my money was put to good use to help others. Let’s be real, with the jackpot being so large, there is no way that I could ever spend that kind of money. Many people think they would pay off their mortgage, buy a fancy car, buy a boat, go on an exotic vacation, live off their savings, payoff the debt of their friends and family, etc. But even after doing that, I can guarantee you’re still going to have money left over.

Think about it… Think about it long and hard… Would you really want to give that money to people you don’t even know who liked your facebook post? And even if you are on the level and we’re going to give your money to these people, do you have any idea how much work would be involved to contact and send money to everyone? Who would even keep track of how many times it was liked, commented on, and shared? Let’s be real, it would be a logistical nightmare!

My personal thought is that those people who are actually liking these posts are actually hoping that they will come into some money. Do you think they’re gullible and truly believe that a random person would give away their fortune? Or are they so desperate that they think they have a chance?

After standing in line at the 7-Eleven, waiting to buy my lottery ticket, I have to ask myself, am I so desperate to think that I have a chance? Sure, I do have a chance of winning this mega jackpot, but the odds are so slim that I have a better chance of getting hit by a bus while riding an escalator at the Mall of America.

But as I said before, the key word is hope. That hope is what keeps our dreams alive. And if you give up your dreams, you die.

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I bought my Hope!!

January 6, 2016 Leave a comment

powerball$500 million!!!  Or $306 million cash value!! I can live with that. Easily. Quite easily!

So on my way home from work today, I stopped at the local 7-11, and I bought 5 Powerball lottery tickets. It cost me $10.

That’s not a bad investment considering that I have hope. It is a piece of paper that could possibly be worth more money than I could ever earn in10 life times. That hope could afford me everything I could ever want or need for the rest of my life. It could allow me the chance to help everyone who needs it.

Could you even imagine that kind of money? I dream about a life completely different from the one I live now. I’d be able to travel the country, or even the world. I’d be able to help rescue dogs and cats in need of homes and medical care. I could help my friends and family who need just a boost to get them through the rough times.

What would you do with that kind of money? In less than an hour, the drawing will go off. I could have a life changing moment. I have just as much chance as anyone else. And for a brief moment, I can experience the “what if” …

What if I won? I have hope. I could be dirty, filthy, stinking rich. I could have more money than I could spend in a lifetime.

I can dream. Wanna know why? Because I bought my hope!

Afraid to hope…..

August 1, 2010 1 comment

….but today was a good day for us!! Mark called me about 9:30 this morning to tell me that he had already eaten breakfast, cleaned up, etc. He said he was feeling pretty good. I was happy to hear that.

I went to see him about 11:30 (in time for the line at the Reception Desk to get a visitor pass). We had lunch together, took a nap, and just giggled and laughed. Dr. Awad (who is covering for Dr. Hozayen, and also happens to be his wife — who is a pulmonologist) came to see him. She seemed pleased, and she was SOOO nice!! I might have to choose her for a new pulmonologist!!! We did find out from her that Mark’s fever last night was 99.4 at its highest point. I am afraid to hope that this is winding down, but the doctors and nurses seem to think it is a good sign.

I stayed until about 2PM…. went home, cleaned up the house, did laundry, and packed some stuff for Mark, and I went back to the hospital for 4:30. We ate dinner together. We went for a walk, and just talked. We watched some TV while snuggling in bed. We had a snack of graham crackers, and giggled a LOT!! It is so nice to see and hear Mark laugh!!

I left a little bit before 9PM. His last temperature was taken at 8:15, and it was 98.4. So far so good. We are hoping that the fevers will continue to dissapate. If they do, Dr. Ciervo wants to do the procedure to remove the temporary cathether and put in the perma-cath. That will happen ASSUMING his fevers do not come back and Dr. Doshi gives the okay to allow it.

Once the perma-cath is in, he can easily get his dialysis done, and with a bit of luck, he can go home!!! It’s hard not to hope, but having been disappointed before, I don’t want to say anything!

And Mark just called me to say good night! His nurse, Emelie, brought him a turkey sandwich as a snack because he was hungry!! I thought he would have gone to sleep, but he was watching TV!! It think the fact that he does not want to go to sleep all the time is also a good sign.

Cautiously hopeful…