3.2.1 Quote Challenge – Hope

Meditations in Motion

Rory, from the blog A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip, has nominated me for his 3.2.1 Quote Challenge. Rory, an imaginative and talented writer, selects a topic each day, posts two quotes on the topic, and nominates three bloggers to do the same. Today, Rory’s topic is “hope“. Now, this topic is right in my wheelhouse. I do a fair amount of thinking about topics such as hope. Rory listed a fabulous quote by John Lennon. You can read it here. Let’s see what I can come up with. Here are the rules:

Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Thank you, Rory!!!

Meditations in Motion

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,

– Emily Dickinson

It’s always the final two words in this verse that cause the catch in my throat. Those two words that give hope the Don Quixote quality of never giving up, no matter what reason may tell you. We cling to hope in the face of all odds. If there is life, there is hope. Hope never stops at all.

Meditations in Motion

Love bears all things,

believes all things,

hopes all things,

endures all things. 

– 1 Corinthians 13:7

Yes, love hopes all things. How many things have I hoped in the name of love? I have so many hopes for my grandchildren, for my children, for my husband and me, for other friends and family. Love and hope -soulmates.

The three bloggers that I am nominating are nominated in the spirit of hope. I have not heard from these writers in a while., and they are missed! I am hoping (see how I did that?) that this very gentle poke may elicit a response from them.

Anita Bowden from One Light. One Source.

Confessions of an Irish Procrastinator

Pearls & Grit




  1. Beautiful! As soon as I saw the prompt I thought of the Dickinson quote — and there you had it! So powerful, with its evocation of something that could fly away at any moment but remains perched, singing, never stopping — as you point out — at all. You’re right about those last two teeny words, which convey the courage, pain, and triumph of daring to hope. Thanks for this!

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    • Thank you. I have always loved this poem. It was the first thing that came to mind when Rory issued the challenge. I am also a birder, so it has special meaning to me, thinking about those tiny birds flying such great distances, facing such incredible perils to get to their breeding grounds.


  2. Thanks for the nomination, Laurie! And what a brilliant way to try and encourage those of us (like me) to start writing again! I am currently away on vacation, but will attempt to rise to your challenge soon! I am honored to be nominated by someone who’s writing I always love and am inspired by! Thank you!

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