Day 110 – Black Flag of Hope

A black flag in a bedroom

Covered in cat hair and a bit of hope

I’m working hard for something

To change my world, I can only hope

The world is wrong, everyone’s wrong

I’m fighting alone but I still hope

There must be more to this life

Where are answers to fuel my hope?

One Day

They are standing in the kitchen discussing the new house they’ll build in a few years, “when the time is right.” Their excitement is feeding off each other’s enthusiasm. They each have a list of what they want in the new home. She wants a larger kitchen. He wants a barn in the backyard and space for a garden. They both agree that a porch surrounding the entire home is a must. They have a notepad filled with sketches of floor plans to discuss and debate.  The possibility of selling the current home and building a new one from the ground up gives them hope. They found a reason to push through the daily jobs they despise.

Hope – whether false or not. It’s hope, and it helps their spirits to endure through arduous times.  How many hopes and dreams are built off of a future endeavor? How often do we repeat the words, “I’ll be happy when….or if…this happens.” And, “until that comes, I’m holding out for better days.” Because better days have to exist, right? Otherwise, what are we all waiting for?

Something more than what our lives consist of now must be making its journey here, as we speak. That’s why we suffer, isn’t it? To hopefully have a brighter future. Will this dream house out in the country ever come to fruition? Will she get her kitchen, and he his barn? In truth, the outcome is irrelevant. Maybe this will happen, and maybe it won’t. That’s not important. What matters is they have hope and a reason to fight for their dreams. That notepad full of ideas – that’s where the source of their current happiness lies.

Hope for the amazing events to come is more powerful than the events themselves. Whether they come or not, they did their job. They gave us hope that one day, things could be better.

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Hope For Moon CHild

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A Cycle of Lost and Found Hope


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Hope and Hate


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3 Tips from Doctor Who: Spyfall, Part Two

Doctor Who Season 12, Episode 2 featured a battle between The Doctor and her arch enemy – The Master. The Doctor meets some new historically significant friends while her 21st century companions try to fight from afar.

The Doctor saves the day but learns a hard truth about her home in the end. Here’s some life advice taken from Spyfall, Part Two:

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1 – Taking risks can spark hope.

When the world is in danger and there seems to be no end in sight, it might be time to step out and take an enormous, life shaking risk. Making moves in general will bring hope. Staying stagnant is what causes us to lose motivation and give up the fight.

So when life gets tough, take some risky steps forward. You may not know where the steps will get you, but at least there will be hope of making things better. There’s hope in taking the initiative to improve your own situation.

2 – Even if the hero is lost, continue to fight.

In this episode, the Doctor is separated from her current companions. The group wonders what to do with the Doctor MIA, but they quickly conclude to continue their mission of stopping the bad guy. They worry about the whereabouts of their leader briefly, but move on to help save the world.

Following genuine leaders/heroes is great, but we must all remember to keep fighting even if the leader falls.

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3 – Use what we have at our disposal. Don’t take anything for granted.

When caught in a sticky situation, do as the Doctor and companions did in this episode and examine the scenario. What do we know? What do we have? What can we use? What can we do right now to make this better?

Take a minute to observe the details and look at all aspects of the situation calmly before making a move.

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Doctor Who always tends to lend tidbits of guidances to viewers. From Spyfall, Part Two I pulled advice to take risks to spark hope, fight even if the hero is lost, and to use what’s available to beat the bad guys.

On a less serious note, I learned that if you change from a man to a woman, you might often forget that you are, in fact, now a woman. I would imagine that being a dude for over a thousand years will make the transition to a woman pretty difficult. Interesting thought.

Thanks for reading and I hope you don’t get trapped in the 19th century today. That’s probably not fun for anyone.

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3 Humanity Tips from The Island of Doctor Moreau

Published in 1896, The Island of Doctor Moreau is a creepy look into a world of genetically modified creatures. A man stranded after a shipwreck is rescued by a ship headed for a secretive island. Once on the island he quickly figures out the identity of his host and the sickening experiments going on in the ‘House of Pain.’

There’s much to learn about life from a book that speaks of…altering life:

1 – Don’t mess around with nature.

There’s probably a reason swine and hyena’s aren’t able to mate naturally in the wild. Nature should just be taken for the beautiful mystery it is instead of trying to alter and modify the creatures of the earth. Cruelty and a complete disregard for living things come into play during this book and it’s not something anyone should attempt.

“These creatures I had seen were the victims of some hideous experiment.”

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2 – Hope makes us human.

What separates the other creatures of the animal kingdom from humans? Here is an insightful quote from Chapter 22:

“…whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. I hope, or I could not live.”

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Hope gives humans something to hold onto during suffering. It separates us from other creatures of the earth and it’s a gift. Finding hope is the way to survive when everything appears to be falling apart.

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3 – Your cruelty will come back to haunt (or eat) you.

If you cause tortuous pain to another creature, you better be prepared for the day that creature gets a chance to pay you back for the pain you’ve caused. This doesn’t just literally refer to physical torture – it also applies to mental abuse.

There’s absolutely no reason for cruelty. One day those who have been terrible to others will have to pay for their monstrous behavior. No one is above the law. No one is above nature.


Thanks for reading. The Island of Doctor Moreau is a dark story, but I’m glad to have learned three things – hope makes us human, don’t mess with nature, and cruelty will not go unpunished.

On a skeptical note, I learned that sketchy activities might be happening on private islands. I wouldn’t know, because I can’t afford a private island.

Have a great afternoon and I hope you never end up on an island full of genetically modified crossbreeds.

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