Day 161: High Hopes

High HopesRAM

Next time you’re found
With your chin on the ground
There’s a lot to be learned
So look around.

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant

But he’s got high hopes
He’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie
In the sky hopes.

So any time you’re feelin’ low stead of lettin’ go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant.

When troubles call
And your back’s to the wall
There a lots to be learned
That wall could fall.

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he’d punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram scram
He kept buttin’ that dam.

‘Cause he had high hopes
He had high hopes
He had high apple pie
In the sky hopes.

So any time you’re feelin’ bad stead of feelin’ sad
Just remember that ram
Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam
Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam.

So keep those high hopes
Keep those high hopes
Keep that apple pie
In the sky hopes.

All problems just a toy balloon
They’ll be bursted soon
They’re just bound to go pop
Oops, there goes, another problem, kerplop.
Oops, there goes, another problem, kerplop…

This little ditty was first recorded back in 1959 by Frank Sinatra. I remember listening to it in the back seat of dad’s car on the way home from grandma’s house. I liked it so much that it has stuck with me for oh so many years.

The absurdity of it makes me laugh even today. Really, an ant hauling off a rubber tree? A ram knocking a hole in a dam like Hoover Dam, get real. It ain’t gonna happen. But it is the absurdity that makes the point. The ant had high hopes. The ram did too. Both overcame the impossible to achieve their goal. They persisted. They had “high apple pie in the sky hopes.”

I never dreamed that I would need a song like this to inspire me. As you know, I have faced the challenge of my life fighting CLL, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, through multiple disciplines of chemo and concluding with a Stem Cell Transplant, SCT. There have been times that I thought about throwing in the towel, but those times didn’t last long. The SCT has been the hardest struggle yet. At times I felt much like the ant and the ram. “This is impossible.” Still, if the ant could and the ram could, I could too. While the dam does not have a hole in it, yet, I can certainly see some major cracks in the formidable wall.

If you are facing the apparent impossible, I want to encourage you to never give up. If the ant could, and the ram could, and I am, so can you. Hang in there and you will see another problem go kerplop. I’m not saying it will always resolve the way we want, but it will resolve, and we will be the better for the struggle.

 

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