Placebo Effect: Hope Addiction

DISCLAIMER AND/OR EXCUSE: This is not my first try at daily blogging. Usually I get off to a grand start, but then the intention makes the slow and inexorable slide to the bottom of the pile of writing for work that has to be done. But in honor of #NaNoWriMo, I’m gonna give this yet another try. (I have no inner novelist, but I do love words and I have a blog so #NaBloPoMo it is.) Thinking that using writing prompts might help, I downloaded the e-book from The Daily Post and am forging ahead. Wish me luck and thanks for reading.

PROMPT FOR NOVEMBER 3:If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?

What to choose…what to choose…

Cancer
Diabetes
Heart Disease
Depression
MS
MD
COPD
Parkinson’s
Lou Gehrig’s
Altzheimer’s

So many killers.
So much pain.

I have no skill to offer here.
I seem to have misplaced my magic wand.
I cannot guarantee how (that) God will answer prayers.
At the end of the day, acts of faith are simply that.
Acts.
Performed in faith.

So what, then?
What painless, inexpensive cure can I put forth.
And for what disease?

What about CYNICISM?

(Yes. You read that right.)  CYNICISM.
The addiction that makes it impossible to battle any other affliction.
The most effective murderer of human potential.
The obliterator of hope.
The vampire of the life-blood of joy.

The cure?
(Notice there is no mention of painless
and none of inexpensive.)
Hope is costly.
This will be hard and painful work –
Trading one addiction for another.

Instead of citing all the reasons something won’t work,
Instead of worrying about fallout,
Instead of fearing reprisals,
Instead of planning for damage control,
We need to inoculate ourselves with YES!
We need to offer CELEBRATION vaccinations.
We need to increase the dosage of POSSIBILITY until we are
(dare I say)
jonesing so hard for hope
we focus all our energy
to get it,
to live it.

Knowing that

If we try, we will fail
sometimes.
If we trust, betrayal will come
sometimes.
If we bring,
invest,
give
all of ourselves,
we will lose
sometimes.

But sometimes we won’t.
And those times
Those times
THOSE TIMES
will remind us why hope is better.
So
Much
Better.

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