Editor’s Note: The following is shared with permission from Thane Arther’s Facebook Timeline.
If you have never read a post from me I ask you to take one minute to read what I’ve just written. And, thank you – to you – the world of Facebook. Criticized by so many; however, criticism is unnecessary when used to reach positive goals!
Webster’s Definition of HOPE, noun [Latin cupio.]
1. A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.
The hypocrite’s hope shall perish. Job 8:13
I awakened this morning at 3:47 a.m. and sat straight up in the bed! My mind literally was exploding with what I’m about to share. I have only had this kind of dramatic experience twice in my lifetime before – and to this day each remains vivid and real – and, no doubt, this third event will, too!
Seventy-two hours ago – as most of you know by now – I was trying to figure out just “what” I could do on a personal level to help Ramona (Mona) and Rodney May. Their home had been destroyed by fire the afternoon before and Mona had been care flighted to a fire trauma unit in Plano with third degree burns over about one third of her body. Thankfully, she didn’t lose consciousness and was able to get their son out of the burning house pushing his wheelchair through the flames and into the front yard. This is a sign of a mother’s unconditional and resilient love of her child.
It suddenly occurred to me to start a Facebook fundraiser. With hopes of, perhaps, raising $500 I set, what I thought at the time, was a rather large goal of $1,000. Over these past 72 hours this fundraiser has not only surpassed my original “lofty” goal of $500 – as of this moment with on-line donations and checks/cash I have personally received we have raised $13,715.00. Remarkable!
I have had many, many people ask me, “Why are you doing this, Thane?” “Were you that close to the May, Orosco and Lopez families?” Some have stated, “You seem so driven about this. What or who has made you nearly obsessed with seeing this fund grow?” At the time I couldn’t logically answer these questions with confidence – nor did I even know the answers at the time.
At 3:47 a.m. this morning it was like a bolt of lightning from the sky! I literally “knew the answer.” I’ve done this to give this family “Hope.” I’ve mentioned prayers/karma/friendship over the past few days. However, it occurred to me vividly and I am convinced this is the answer. What this family needs now is not necessarily “the money.” It’s “Hope.” I personally have contacted over 2,000 people. With so many others sharing the fundraiser page on their own Facebook timeline by now it must have reached thousands of people. I’m thankful to have realized – and comforted somewhat – because I had nearly become obsessed about the money coming in.
To Mona, Rodney – the Orosco, May and Lopez families – I am flattered you have let me “storm into your lives” these past few days. My dream is that each day becomes easier – and that you will be filled with “hope” by those who surround you in ways you could never imagine – and may never know about. You are loved!
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things