Finding Hope

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“And as far as false hope, there is no such thing. There is only hope or the absence of hope—nothing else.” –Patti Davis

It’s been a tough year for me thus far. A year filled with challenges, some of which I’ve spoken about on social media, many of which I have not. In February, I lost a pet exactly a week after it was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. A close relative is fighting the same challenging illness.  My husband’s job remains in limbo, and my own business is struggling.  Writing is…. Well, let’s just say writing can be a tough business, even in the best of times.

On Tuesday, a vet who I adore delivered a harsh diagnosis for my beloved dog, Tasha.  I think she’s wrong.  I pray she’s wrong. I need her to be wrong. Still, according to the vet, “All we can do is wait and see.”  Basically, if we have to put my dog down in six months due to a progressive paralysis, the vet will have been right.  If not, hopefully we have another good year or two.

Usually, I’m pretty resilient—like a Weebles doll that wobbles but never falls down. These days, I feel more like a mosquito standing at the end of line of Dominoes, about to be crushed by forces over which I have no control.   Truth is, I think I’m simply drained.  There’s not enough helium left in my happy balloon to lift me up anymore.

Then, just when I was about to give in to depression, the universe gave me a sign.

I attended a book signing for my mystery series this afternoon.  I usually love any opportunity to chat about my work, but today I would much rather have hid in the corner.  I simply didn’t have the energy to make lighthearted small talk with strangers, no matter how much I loved the subject.  I browsed around the book store, pretending to look for a book, when I stumbled across the stone pictured at the top of this article.


Literally staring at me from an otherwise empty windowsill.

I wish I could say that seeing that rock filled me with a lighthearted joy.  That it changed my attitude in some distinctly measureable way.  The truth is, as I picked it up and hefted its weight in my hands, only one clear thought went through my mind.

This would make a pretty good murder weapon.

What do you expect?  I am a crime writer, after all.

Still, I carried that heavy, gray, yet somehow powerful stone to the register, paid for it, and brought it home with me to serve as a reminder.  Hope isn’t a gift. It’s not always pretty.  Sometimes it refuses to show itself, except when you least expect it. Yet it’s always there waiting for you, if you’re willing to grasp it.

Namaste my students, my family, my friends, my loves.  May you all stumble across hope when you need it the most.


Tracy Weber

          A Killer Retreat

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8 thoughts on “Finding Hope

  1. Laura

    Even in your darkest moments, and with some entertaining dark thoughts,
    you do find a ray of light, even if it is slight and faulting.
    Try to remember that you have friends near and far that want to support you.

    Good for you for carrying on today. You never know who you touch.
    Sending prayers for Tasha, but even with the best medical testing and consideration, each of us takes life day by day. It is how you use those time that makes the difference.

  2. Whole Life Yoga Post author

    Thank you, Laura. There is always light to be found. The trick is to remember to look for it.

  3. Chapin Smith

    Thanks for this blog post. It hit home for me too. There is always hope but at times harder to find sometimes.

  4. Joan


    Love is surrounding you from all of those who you give so much to! A hug coming from me….also to Tasha…and Marc…don’t forget the fish…wish I could shield you from the sadness.

    I know you have strength at your depth.

    May the hope pull all of you through this….and they have pretty amazing devices for animals who are paralyzed. …but miracles–or just wrong diagnosis –happen all the time my friend!
    Love to you. ..

    1. Whole Life Yoga Post author

      Thank you, Joan. Yes, we are researching quad wheelchairs (a regular one won’t work due to her wrist issues) and other treatment devices, should it come to that. I’m still holding out “hope” that the diagnosis is wrong. The only definitive test for this disease is at autopsy. There are tests that can be done for genetic markers, but they only tell you if the dog MAY get the disease, not if it has it. And even then, they give false negatives. So….Here’s to wrong diagnoses!

  5. D'vorah Kost

    Beautiful post, Tracy (and I confess, i’m not a regular reader of yours,) and I’m moved by your vulnerability and honesty. And i’m sorry for your difficult times, knowing how much you love and value Tasha. May her way be smoothe, whatever it entails. And may you manage these hard times, with your humor and wit and wisdom and skill. All my best,


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