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At the bottom of the wishing well lie hundreds of pennies, some green with age and others still that shiny brown. Fiona stops to glance down at them through the clear water - each one a heartfelt wish or prayer. Each one represented pain and hope. She dug a hand into her pocket and pulled out a tuppence, the smallest change she had and tossed it in, watching it sink, joining the others. "This is how we are," she mused, "all of us needing hope, even if it's just pennies in a well."

By Angela Abraham (daisy), February 9, 2015.
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Hope is a bright star in a hopelessly dark universe. Through light years of distance, the brightness fills our inner selves. Hope makes us smile on the inside as well as on the outside. Hope is not just an emotion, it is a promise that smiling and laughter are just around the corner. When the fighter has been laid on the canvas by a well placed right to the jaw, hope is there saying, "Get up. Take a nine count if you must, but be ready to stand, and have the ref dust off your gloves. You're going to win this match." Hope is drawn to the person who sees beyond the present defeat, beyond the moment of being cast down, beyond the loss of the job, and beyond the negative words of hopeless voices. There is that voice from the "bright star" telling us to look beyond the darkness - to the bright light of hope.

By wmack99, January 28, 2015.

Bill McDonald.

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Eyota sat, her head slumped into her hands. Her father rested a gentle hand on her shoulder. "What is it my love, what has you so sad today?" She almost cried as she spoke, he pain inside moving like ocean waves just to speak her mind.

"People are bad," she said, "people are bad and our mother Earth is dying." Just to say it out loud let hot tears flood down her face. Her father wrapped her in his arms and let her melt into his form.

"My love, people aren't bad."

"They are! I've seen it on the television! I hear it in the news! "

"Eyota, Eyota, think of the people you actually know. Don't you see the light of the Creator within them?"

"In you, Papa, I see it in you."

"And in you too, Eytota. But His light my love, is in everyone. We come from the Creator, so how can it not be? All people are good, baby girl, they just have to reach inside and find it. Let me tell you the stories of real people I know, let me tell you of how they came through adversity to be so good to their friends, family and often times, strangers." Eyota settled down next to her father. His stories had the truth she needed...

By Angela Abraham (daisy), February 8, 2015.
General

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

By Angela Abraham (daisy), March 24, 2015.

Authored by Matthew West, here.

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Jen had been hugged before, but never like this since her mother passed. There was something so warm, something that felt right, smelt right. She let her body sag, her muscles become loose. He gave her the respect of an equal but cradled her like a cherished child. In that embrace she felt her worries loose their keen sting and her optimism raise its head from the dirt. Perhaps the hope had been there all along, but without some love it was trapped, like crystals in a stone. She felt him brush her hair back with his piano player fingers and kiss her gently...

By Angela Abraham (daisy), February 10, 2015.
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The day my house burnt down I'd been watching TV on the couch with a bag of chips. I don't really recall much else, only that I'd written some shopping list on my hand with a biro. I fell asleep for a while, Columbo always does that. I think it's because he speaks so slowly. I'm not sure where it started, but they think it was in the wiring. I woke up to an inferno. The smoke billowed black across the room, filling my lungs. The coughing was instant as were the tears that washed over my eyes. I suppose the alarms must have been deafening but I don't remember hearing them. The house was reduced to nothing but ashes and charcoal. I stood there on that warm summer evening, shaking, unable to believe what my senses told me was true. My house, my home, gone. Other than the flames and heat, all I recall are the the fire crews and the paramedics - they're every bit the heroes you're led to expect. There was nothing left but the plot of land to rebuild from, but you know what they say - where there's life there's hope.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), February 11, 2015.
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I feel like I am drowning and there is no hope of being saved. The blackness of my memories start to spread through my mind, clouding my thoughts and taking me back to places I never wanted to revisit. I press my palms to my ears trying to block out the screams, but it doesn't work. They only grow louder and louder. I just want them to go away. Is that so much to ask? Just when I think all hope is lost I hear his voice calling my name. It is like a ray of light in the darkness of my past. It guides me back to reality. I feel him take my hands in his, pulling me into his arms like a child. The screams die down, he tells me everything is alright that it is all just a distant memory. I rest my head on his chest. He is my anchor, he gives me hope when the darkness creeps in

By shoal, August 3, 2014.
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Doubt suddenly shoots through him like a piercing arrow destroying resistance. Doubt at his existence. Doubt at his journey if it was worth it. Worry grew like a corrupted, malicious and perfidy tree. Its branches twisted. But, seeds of hope wormed into the ground and no matter how large and terrifying the darkness was, it endured like a small pebble to last infinitely and yet grow and grow allowing them to get up in the morning for hope is what gets you out of bed. Yet, another voice speaks is hope just a illusion which we accomplish yet is unreachable and impossible bringing a dark ending? Is it to fool the mind and defy logic which will come at a dark penance. Such is doubt. What is hope?

By thomasg, August 11, 2014.
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Hope. That's what keeps you alive, gives you strength and helps you to fight through every day. But what do you hope for? A better tomorrow? What do you do when you realize that you'll never get that? Do you give up?

I wish I could just give up; but then my dreams, my hopes, tell me not to. They help me to wake up every day. Maybe that's what hope is - a distant star shining in the darkest sky. Not enough to remove the darkness, but enough to make you believe there's thousand more stars somewhere and all you have to do is find that 'somewhere.' So you keep fighting, ignoring the darkness that tries to stop you.

By aisha, April 2, 2015.

Found in The Heavens Above - first draft, authored by Aisha.

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But what if everyone chose “option B,” to stand up for what they know is right - to treat all life as sacred, respect the goodness in other cultures, buy nothing we don't really need, choose products with the lowest environmental impact on our planet, insist on ethical farming only, insist our farming feeds everyone nourishing food, buy the most ethical clothing you can afford, refuse to let the whole world burn so corporations and bankers can get rich.

We know bankers literally invent money for us to owe them, so why isn’t it legally mandated that all of the profits are spent in ways that benefit everyone - in renewable energy sources, public health care, education and public housing? Why do private companies get to invent money and keep the profits for themselves while we slave for it? It’s not their money, it comes from our labour, so the profits must benefit us all. Or are you still asleep? Are you only visiting me in your dreams? The thing is, right now, option B won’t cost you your life. It won’t cost you anything at all, it will literally give you the Earth, Our Earth, safe for us and our kids, our grandkids.

Option B means buying as much as possible from local and ethical sources. It means banking with an ethical co-op. It means going as close as you can to zero waste. It means supporting banking reform despite the scare tactics about “ruining” the economy. If banks turn all profits back to the communities they operate in, our local economies will boom. It means learning to see the mental shackles that bind you and that they are more insidious than iron cuffs and links of iron. The only links of iron we need are those of love between one another and to the gentle and loving Creator. There is nothing to fear and everything to gain, please open your eyes.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), March 26, 2015.

Found in Are you awake yet? - first draft, authored by Daisy.

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"Maybe you don't always expect them to help you." I try to offer her a smile but it surely doesn't turn out to be one. "Maybe one night you finally decide not to wake up the next morning." I take a deep breath trying not to show anything that'll make her realize that I've already reached that point. "But then... on that same night your little sister comes knocking on your door, asking you to let her sleep with you because she's afraid to be alone... and she believes only you can save her. You just look at her face and realize you should give yourself another day; not for her but for yourself. You then believe that maybe the next day would be different, maybe for once you'll realize that you've finally stepped out of the circle that you were stuck in and were made to live the same day over and over again. That's what I call 'hope'."

By aisha, November 25, 2015.

Found in The Heavens Above - first draft, authored by Aisha.

Fairy Tales

One day a nascent sunlight will caress your skin, baring promises of new dawn...a new hope of beginning. You will entomb all your haunted memories of him in a thick wall of ice. Then, close your hazel eyes and take a deep breath of dewy air. Steel yourself to only think about your future their on. With each stride your mind will be more clear, in command of your own body and soul. Your are a strong girl who will walk into your own destiny, the one that will lay squarely in your own hands.

By lavanya addepalli, August 8, 2015.
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It is hard today, isn’t it? I mean with your troubles and struggles? Sometimes they happen because life is messy, and mistakes abound. Because of struggles, one’s views of the present as well as bygone days are sometimes colored red with excitement. At times, we return to relive those moments. We learn that our present becomes obsolete quickly. What is now timely slips away, and disappears as quickly as the morning dew. That era ends with another starting. However, if one struggles long enough, he/she understands that what is experienced today is set to become a “bleep” on the screen of history. Fashions change, and leaders rise and fall, and “now” is already churning into “way back when.” We just may discover with delight that our winning over our troubles and struggles are our greatest treasures.

By wmack99, May 25, 2016.
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Hope is alive; negative emotions are a dime a dozen. They're cheap, really cheap. They land on top of our brains like windy raindrops, covering the cells, penetrating to the innermost part, drowning out the area where love lives. They produce scenarios of distrust, disdain, and disaster. The negative emotions flood us with lie after lie. The only cure that really works is, “Hold on until the warmth and the Light returns.” Hope is alive, it just needs time to surface.

By wmack99, October 4, 2017.