Your Feelings Took A Vacation Together And You Learned A Valuable Lesson – Hope Dealer

Your Feelings Took A Vacation Together And You Learned A Valuable Lesson – Hope Dealer

If our feelings were people, each with the complete and sole identity of any emotions we could ever possibly experience, they might just need a vacation occasionally. This is a story about that vacation; when all of your emotions ended up separately, yet together on a tropical island.

All of the emotions were really enjoying themselves, but the announcement of a large incoming storm sent them scattering as they were all told to evacuate the island. Everyone panicked and quickly ran to their boats to escape before the storm hit. Everyone, that is, except Love.

Love was in no hurry, and Love being…well, Love, helped the others get sent on their way. After Love had seen that everyone was off of the island and out of harm’s way, he looked around and realized there were no boats to be had. They had all been taken by the others. So Love looked for Hope.

Relieved, Love saw Prosperity passing by in a very schnazzy and expensive-looking boat. Love yelled out to Prosperity, “Please, will you take me in your boat?”

Prosperity yelled back as he cruised by, “I have no room! My boat is filled with all of my possessions and there is no place for you here!”

A little while later, Love spotted Vanity passing by in her boat. Vanity’s boat was kept immaculate and was beautiful and perfect looking. “Please, Vanity, will you take me in your boat?” Love yelled. “All of the boats have been taken and I have no way to escape the storm!”

“You are sweaty and your clothes and feet are muddy,” Vanity shouted back. “I won’t take you because I don’t want my boat to smell like sweat and get dirty!”

Not long after vanity had disappeared on the horizon, Love saw Sorry floating by in his boat. Again, Love called for help, but Sorrow only replied. “I can’t take you. I am so sad I just want to be alone.”

Immediately behind Sorrow followed Happiness. Surely, Love thought, if anyone would give him a ride it would be Happiness. But when Love pleaded loudly for help, Happiness didn’t even reply back! Happiness was so enamored with her own happiness, she didn’t even notice Love.

Then, remarkably, Love heard a voice call out to him: “Love, come with me! I will take you with me!” Stunned but not stupid, Love gratefully jumped on board without even concerning himself with who it was that was saving him. Love rested until they reached the shore, and slept to regain his strength.

As Love awoke from resting as he sat on the shore, his rescuer was gone already. Love got up and started walking. Along the way, Love met Knowledge and asked her, “Knowledge, do you know who it was that helped me when everyone else had turned me away?”

 

Knowledge smiled and said to Love,”That was Time, because only Time knows Love‘s true value and what Love is capable of. Only Love can bring peace and happiness.”

My friends, when we are prosperous, we underrate Love. When we feel important, we do not appreciate love. And even in happiness and sorrow we often overlook love. It is only with time that we realize the true value of love, and love and hope are one in the same. On your life’s journey, when you find yourself feeling without hope, look for love, because you will never find the two separated from each other. Cherish every day and fill it with love and hope. Time will take care of the rest.

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Born in Los Angeles and voted off the island by the age of two. :) Billy Soden's very large family of seven-eventually-eleven migrated east, poor as dirt, making a short stop living in a Wyoming shack that had no plumbing (seriously, only an outhouse). After discovering no other humans lived in the gorgeous but uninhabited "Forever West" state, they yearned for the city life again (and plumbing) and traveled further east where they settled in Minneapolis, current headquarters of Hope Dealer. Soden spent most of his career in music education and community education, as a teacher and administrator. He is a survivor of writing education curriculum and policy, grant writing for the fine arts, marketing copy for quarterly community events and classes, and successfully transitioned from paper post-it notes to on-screen post-it notes. Soden currently writes for the world's largest non-profit independent television and media company, NTD Television and The Epoch Times. Based in New York City, with a global audience of over 55 million viewers, Soden's stories contribute to the shared vision of uniting humanity, hope, and freedom through the authoring of engaging stories that portray the intensely compelling unification of all humankind and the planet. Soden has been a featured blogger repeatedly on a global blogging site with more than 35,000 contributors and an average of 1.1 million unique monthly visitors. His blog, "How To Squeeze A Football Team Into A Sardine Can; Growing Up In Small Spaces," touched the hearts of many through a condensed telling of growing up in a large blended family. Soden published his first book, "U Be U," in April of 2017 and is soon to release his second, "Hope Dealer." Born with a trombone in one hand and a pen in the other, Soden's passion for music and writing developed early in life. Soden describes himself as a lucky "hack writer" and coined the term "Beatbusker," and labels himself as such. "I'm a hybrid writer," says Billy. "Kind of a cross between a beat reporter and a street performer (a busker). I know all the words. You just have to put them in the right order to make them get up and dance!" Soden is currently contracted to acquisition talent to perform with Ethan Bortnick on his number one PBS Television Program, "The Power of Music," and live performances. Ethan has helped raise over $50 million for non-profits around the world and has shared the stage with artists such as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban, Reba McEntire, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, and many others. Soden is thrilled to contribute to the humanitarian efforts of Ethan Bortnick and Sun and Sky Entertainment. Above all, Soden is most proud to be the father of his two sons, Nick and Jack Soden, who are both students of life and currently the University of Minnesota. Nick marched with the World Champion Blue Devil's Drum and Bugle out of Concord, California this year and Jack has been a state and nationally recognized musician, which led him to the decision to major in Psychology. :) Hope Dealer is an extension of Soden's personal beliefs and mindset that everyone can make a positive difference in the lives of others daily; regardless of social status, wealth, title, or current station in life. "If you are breathing," says Soden, "you can become a Hope Dealer."

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