"Tidal waves illustrate all there is to say about life in general. They represent our 'hellos' and 'goodbyes' from day to day. Their ebb and flow mirrors our breathing in and out of all our activity. When life threatens to overwhelm us, our choices are to either surf its towering waters or go under and drown in the depths of its despair.
Take note from the sea of life. Never give up, for there will surely be a moment of time and place when the tide will turn for the good and change our destiny. I believe today to be such a day for all those who choose to live in hope.
I recall at the age of 11 years after a bad traffic accident, being told that I'd never walk again. Somehow, I managed to live in hope that I would and I did.I remember the death of my mother, perhaps the one person who believed in me more than any other ever did. She had done her job well in her life and by the time she died, I believed in myself. I will never forget two failed marriages, where on each occasion, my wife expressed a wish to no longer be married. Each time I thought that my life's hope had collapsed, a new relationship of love provided me with the building blocks to carry on. Whenever my children went through the difficulties of life that most experience, it was hope and belief in their future that kept me strong.
Married to the love of my life, Sheila, on my seventieth birthday, I discovered within six months following our honeymoon that I had a terminal illness. Since that time, I have contracted and been treated for three cancers(two terminal), but believe me when I tell you that when each spring comes around, I remain in hope for the summer to come.
Listen everyone; the birds of hope are everywhere. Listen to them sing." William Forde: June 26th, 2017.