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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: Cheryl and Lost Hope
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What was it about her that most people found offensive? Was it her perfectionism or was it her desire to be first in everything she did, or maybe it was her highly developed organizational abilities…Whatever it was, Cheryl consistently drove away everyone in her life and often thought to herself, "It must be them; after all I’m no different than anyone else; but I am a tad smarter than most.!"
She wasn’t what many would call a “Christian” woman—that is, a woman of faith and hope. Heck, the only hope she ever had in her heart was the hope for another day—another day in which to show the world how wonderful and clever she was.
Well, Wednesday was another day and she had to get ready for work. Putting on one of her best suits, eating a bowl of healthy cereal for breakfast with a cup of decaf, and taking a few vitamins; she was now ready to leave and enjoy another day..
Traffic was often heavy around eight in the morning but she was a careful driver; should be no problem, she thought.
On the freeway, she began thinking of her best friend, Tina and her fiancé, Chris. She reminisced of all the happy times she had with both of them. Tina was such a card; always ready with a joke or kind compliment and Chris, always thinking of her and ways in which to make her happy.
She strained her brain but could think of nothing bad she did to either of them. She did; however, bug them from time to time on their “poor sense of styling.” But, that couldn’t be an issue because she always turned it into a joke. Funny, she couldn’t remember them laughing too much…But, what the heck, maybe they just lacked humor!
As she put on turn signals to get off the freeway and on to “Spencer’s Exit,” she saw a lonely car to the side and saw an old lady bent over the steering wheel, blood streaming down her face.
She wanted to help, but gee, it was getting late and after all, surely someone else would stop and help. And, after all, the woman was old…Maybe it was just her time to go…So, she continued on her way.
Arriving at work on time, she went to her office and began her morning routine—turning on a small light, pulling out a few files and then flipping on her favorite radio station.
“Good morning everyone, time for the news. First in the news, Thelma Brown, a 65 year old retired school teacher was found dead, after a car accident on the east side of town. Sad case, because the officer on the scene, Sergeant Joe Smith said that if she were found and treated a half hour after the accident, she might have lived. But, she lost too much blood. Next, the governor’s office is saying that….” After the message on the old lady, she quickly turned off the radio…
Cheryl felt bad for about a minute but soon began thinking once again about her friend and fiancé. She just couldn’t get over the fact that they both “dumped” her…After all, she was a “caring person” and she did feel sad about the old lady but well, life does go one, doesn’t it?
I wonder is there any hope for Cheryl? Or, is she a lost cause?
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