Three Random Thoughts #9 – Hope, Resilience & Hummingbirds

Thank you for visiting “Life and Random Thinking” today – I hope where you live the sky is blue and a breeze is making the leaves wave. I have a few thoughts today I want to share and hopefully receive your response to. 🙂

First Thought – Hope

The HOPE I am referring to is the celebrity, Bob Hope. Not everyone enjoys his comedy, or humour but I confess I do. I started watching again his 1947 romantic comedy (on Youtube) called “My Favorite Brunette”. Almost immediately after the movie began, I was struck by the comedy timing of Bob Hope as the warden approaches his San Quentin cell on death row and Hope quipsNo ketchup ! This is the worst last meal I’ve ever had!”

(From Wikipedia) The story is told in flashback from Death Row as Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) relates to a group of reporters the events that lead to his murder conviction. Ronnie’s a San Francisco baby photographer who dreams about being a real private detective like his office neighbor Sam McCloud (Alan Ladd). One day, he is mistaken for a detective by mysterious lady in distress Carlotta Montay (Dorothy Lamour), who claims that her wheelchair-bound husband was kidnapped at the pier as they arrived from overseas. A sinister figure (Lorre) listens at the office door. Carlotta gives Ronnie her address, a coded map, and a $5,000 ring as payment, telling him that no one must know he’s a detective.

Need some smiles and chuckles? – Try Hope !


Second Thought – Resilience

RESILIENCE is defined as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.”

I learned there are three categories of resilience; physical, emotional and circumstantial – and sometimes people must adapt to all three categories.

Four Resilience “Builders” I have read about are:

  • There are two types of days; great days and learning days.
  • Persistence not Perfection.
  • Be OK that sometimes we are not at our best or can be triggered to be at our worst. Be all right with that, let go and move on.
  • Define what success means to you; what really matters.

I was recently informed by a health professional I had not seen since I was on dialysis. The professional commented I was in better mental as well as physical health. Not a clear explanation but I gather I was less “easygoing” in my manner when I last visited but that it was normal considering what I was dealing with.

This lead me to think about Resilience, and realize that the stresses I thought I had hidden, were still noticeable. In the past, so I move forward.


Third Thought – Hummingbirds

I have three hummingbird feeders now, in the hopes of having more visiting hummingbirds. When they arrive, they arrive solo, and if another one was to arrive right away, they would likely try to force the other to retreat.

Hummingbirds are not that social, they like to do their own thing I realized.

They are certainly different from the quail who are seldom found alone, and their feet ablur run and hide beneath the Oregon grape bushes.

I realized I am more quail than hummingbird and that leads to my standby joke:

What happens when a duck flies upside down? It quacks up ! LOL

Have a nice day! ♥ – David

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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12 Responses to Three Random Thoughts #9 – Hope, Resilience & Hummingbirds

  1. I’m a hummingbird who looks like a quail, I think. I prefer aloneness, but I don’t have the grace of a hummingbird!

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  2. lghiggins says:

    I think a lot of us have had to, consciously or subconsciously, work on resilience during the lockdown. The first and third of your “builders” go hand in hand. Not every day is going to go well, and we don’t always respond as we would like to. For example, it’s a full moon tonight: once a month that is a problem for some people, but you just do the best you can with God’s help, pick yourself up, and go again.

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  3. I’m going to check out Bob Hope’s work. It sounds great. Resilience is what we need, especially in these difficult times. I’m more quail than hummingbird too. And I loved the humour at the end. It cracked me up, or should I say – quaked? 😂
    I’m glad to hear that your physical and mental health is getting better. Stay safe. Take care.

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  4. Used to love Bob Hope movies! Resilience is a learned skill as far as I am concerned. There are times when it comes easily and others not so much. Glad to hear you mental and physical states are in line.

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  5. Great post, Dave. I remember Bob Hope and enjoyed his standup routines and movies. You remind me that I really need to get my hummingbird feeder up. I’m way behind schedule!

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