Hope, living to see tomorrow.

Each day we live as though we have a right to be here. A right to walk on this very land, breathe this very air.
But where has this “right” come from? Do we really have a right to be here? Is each day taken for granted?

We all say we’ll do things “tomorrow”.
-I’ll clean my house, tomorrow.
-I’ll call my old friend that I’ve been meaning to, tomorrow.
-I’ll visit family, tomorrow.
-I’ll apologize for my mistakes, tomorrow.
-I’ll tell someone how much they mean to me, tomorrow.

However, is tomorrow guaranteed?
Did anyone ever say, “Yes, tomorrow will be there.”

Tomorrow may never come.
It may be permanently delayed.

Some people live through each night, hoping to see the light of tomorrow.
While others live oblivious, care-free, and never get to see the dawn of the new tomorrow.

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Some people live in fear that they won’t see the light of tomorrow simply because they don’t have enough of a simple commodity many of us take for granted, water.
Their lips parched, they walk miles a day to a well polluted and stricken with disease. Their only hope, the force that keeps driving them forward, is the hope that tomorrow things will be better for them, for their children.

Others are afflicted with irreversible diseases, almost completely destroying their hope for tomorrow. HIV and AIDS affect a multitude of people. People who live each day knowing they are dying, living with a devastating disease without a cure. Leprosy not only has physical handicaps, but social ones as well. Those devastated with the disease are shunned from their families and forced into exile. Each day they live lives without happiness, not even having any reason to wake up to see the world tomorrow. People living with epilepsy hope that they will survive the night, they sleep with the fear of an attack during their slumber.

Wars create the fear of not being able to see tomorrow; for the soldiers involved as well as the civilians. Civilians in war zones fear for their lives constantly as shots and blasts ring out all around them 24/7.

Human slaves, torn from their families generally in hopes of finding a job in a foreign country no longer see the reason to live tomorrow. And if they do, the willingness is driven by drugs and highs provided for by their captors.

Yet others still do not have a guarantee about tomorrow. One could be completely healthy and lead a happy life, but they may not see tomorrow. Walking down the street, they could be hit by a bus. Driving their car, they could be in a fatal crash. An old tree could fall on any unsuspecting victim. Accidents happen and when the time comes the time comes.

So…
Make the most of your each and every day. Don’t do anything brazen or insane, just live up to your expectations. You don’t want to have lived your life only to be disappointed with its overall outcome. Just do something your heart yearns for each day. Clean that room you’ve been meaning to. Spend time with your family. Tell someone how much they mean to you.

For some people, the hope to see tomorrow is crafted upon the belief that:

With every hardship comes ease. Verily with hardship comes ease.

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