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Hope Lives On in the Stream of Consciousness


seedling in stump w water from pixabay

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is, “your favorite word.”

Just one? Then it would have to be hope. But I also like petrichor (the scent of rain on the earth), evergreen, moon, nooma ( wind/spirit/breath), stardust….. But hope is my favorite.

Hope gets us to keep going when we want to give up. If you have trouble finding faith, look for hope. Hope can lead you to faith, or at least hope can help us believe in the possibility that things are going to work out.

As we – as I get older, I think of all the times that I didn’t know how I would get through something – giving up my dog when I was 11, my boyfriend moving when I was 16, the divorce, the rebound from hell, my teenage daughter’s meltdowns, the deaths of family members. But as time passed, and I saw that I did get through all those things, I came to believe that I could get through just about anything life could throw at me. Of course there may be gnashing of teeth, wailing, whining, fist shaking, despair…. But hope grows with each challenging life event, especially when things turn out better than I could have imagined.

Can I apply this personal hope to hope for our world? That’s a little harder. Sometimes I do feel despair at the current political and environmental climate. I wonder how we humans can be so enlightened and full of goodness at times and be so violent and ignorant at others. But I cannot live without hope. Well, I suppose I could live. But I don’t want to live without hope. Hope is something I can have. We can nurture hope in ourselves.

Hope floats above the garbage and turns it into compost. Hope makes us try again tomorrow, or next week. Hope could be contagious. Wouldn’t that be something to hope for?

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Here are Stream of Consciousness Rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

(The hopeful seedling photo is from Pixabay)


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

39 thoughts on “Hope Lives On in the Stream of Consciousness

  1. Thought-provoking stream – as ever

  2. Lovely post, JoAnna! Thank you for shining rays of hope for my day!

  3. Hope is a very good word to hold as a favorite.

  4. JoAnna, this is a wonderful personal reflection for hope. It’s a great word, akin to the word faith. They both offer a way for us to see through the worst of times. I hope you continue to experience the good things in life.

  5. Great post. Obi Wan you’re my only hope.

  6. Yes, and this is one of my favorite things about you… if just one is chosen. lol

    Your post reminded me of “A Course Of Love [ACOL]” as I am reading it now, and was reminded of it from Michael over at Embracing Forever. I suppose I was already so close to the teaching, and this is what brought me even closer to it. Anyways, just flow of consciousness response…. the course seems to have always been in my heart… and I wonder how we are all shared by it. Your post and everything is reminding me of what I am reading daily 🙂

    no matter what,

    ❤ Thank you for being you.

  7. Petrichor! That’s a cool word…

  8. thank you for gently
    showing the way
    of hope, dear JoAnna 🙂

  9. Life without hope would be pretty bleak indeed. Great post.

  10. Excellent post. Hope is what keeps us alive, dear.

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  12. I’m sorry, dear. I wrote my post for last Friday’s prompt. Some misunderstanding.

  13. Hope keeps me going when times get tough, JoAnna. It is next to the strong word, “resilience.” Happy June to you! 🙏 🦋 Robin

  14. I love this, JoAnna! I met a stranger named Hope yesterday and it made me think of how women have names like “Hope” and “Faith.” When I started (continued…?) this spiritual journey some of my friends decided to start calling me “Faith.” I suppose there was a little good humored teasing behind it…but I only took it as a compliment!!! 🙂 When I saw this woman’s name, Hope, yesterday, I thought, “Hmmm…maybe that could be my middle name!” 😉
    Sweet blessing to you, JoAnna. I hope that you are super and that this beautiful Sunday is filled with love ❤

  15. Hope is one of my favorites, too.

  16. And there is so much hope in people like you who spread blessings and love and stardust. I love, love, love this post. Because it means that more of us are spreading our light in a world that needs it so badly. I have to hope that our light can counteract the effects of carelessness and mindlessness – so that we all become caring and mindful. But I love all your words up there. Just this morning, after raining in the night, the word “petrichor” came to mind as I took in the scent of freshly cleaned earth…sending you hugs and wishes for an incredible week!

  17. Just reading this word instills hope. Excellent choice!

  18. It’s kinda great and inspiring writing.😊

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