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Hope is the reason we wish upon a star. Updated Wednsday, Sept. 17th.

Updated on September 17, 2014
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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Hope without action is unattainable.

This is part of an ongoing project initiated when Jo- Goldsmith launched her Light 2 Love project Good Words. Many writers emerged from that beginning, one of whom is Maria Jordan who followed with Love:Project Good Words Musical Challenge.

I received an email from her inviting me to write. She gave me two words to chose from, humility and hope. I chose hope.

We all live our lives hoping for something, whether it's good health, love, a better job, a new house, a new car, etc. Life without hope would be bleak and uneventful.

I think my most sincere hope would be peace throughout the world and an abundance of food. No family should ever be hungry, yet there are many who go to bed hungry nightly.

Children are starving in Syria today. This could be eliminated if greed is transformed into giving. Nothing is impossible when people begin to see the need enough to give.

Hunger is not happening only in Syria, families here in America are going daily to our food banks . The food banks in every city are begging for donations. The most deplorable fact is many are returning veterans.

Now, just a few of my personal thoughts,

If every person would give one dollar to feed the hungry, there would be no more hunger

Hope is the reason we wish upon a star

Hope kept the Jewish people alive while living in the concentration camps during the holocaust

As writers we hope for a brilliant idea for a superb story to write

Hope is like a rope that dangles within reach but countless people refuse to grab it. Why is that? Is it because they've lost confidence and lack the enthusiam to even hope?

We've all failed sometime and miserably I might add, but we got up and tried again. That old cliche, hope is eternal can be true if we never stop hoping.

I remember when i first started to write on Hubpages, a talented poet read my poem and said, " The idea is good, but the rhyming needs work. " Ouch! I almost quit trying, but i wanted to write so badly, I tried again. In a few months he returned and read another poem and said, " Better, you're improving. " I felt like a hundred dollars times a million!

Final thought: I wish for and hope for many blessings to all my hubber friends and may all your hopes and dreams come true.

Hugs..

Ruby

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo, so good to see you. Thank you so much. You are the person who started all the wonderful words in your good words project. It has opened my eye's and heart in many ways. So thank you again.

      God bless you and yours. Hugs back atcha...

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      This is so well written Ruby! wow. :) You have really touched on the importance of hope! So wonderful to read this. You added my favorite song!

      I *hope* you always dance!

      And thank you so very much for your contributions to this project.

      May God always bless you and the joy remain in your heart.

      Shared, Up +++ tweet. Blessings & hugs ((((((((((( Ruby ))))))))))

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Shyron, when I said if everyone would give one dollar, I didn't mean to give to an organization. I do give to the Clinton foundation because he matches every penny given. I live in a small town, 739 people, but we have a helping hand place where we can take food, clothing etc. I learned my lesson in giving to the organizations, Pat Robertson of the Baptist 700 club is wealthy beyond belief, 200 million and estimated 1- billion. My mother gave regularly to Oral Roberts who was investigated for fraud. I never pass a homeless person without giving, whether he buys booze or food is up to him. Thank you for coming back. I am glad to clear that up....

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      If every person would give one dollar to feed the hungry, there would be no more hunger. I kept thinking about this statement and came back to read it again.

      Here are my thoughts: If I give a dollar to feed the hungry and I gave it to a middle man, he would take half and give the other half to another middle man and each one took 50 % there would soon be nothing left, but if I know someone who is hungry and I give the dollar to them. Then I can only HOPE that everyone would do the same. and maybe that would help.

      Blessings and Hope for our world to gain peace, and our children to seek peace.

      Love Shyron

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gail. I love your optimistic thoughts, and I know good things do happen when we least expect it. Depression is a horrible disease, causing one to lose hope and completely quit trying. I'm so glad you came by. Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello btrbell. Nice to see you on my page, happy you enjoyed. Thank's so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank's again kljones.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie. I wish the same as you. There's no need for anyone in the world to be hungry. All the money spent on politics would feed the world. So happy you stopped by..Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Melinda Longoria. Nice to meet you. I'm one who never gave up, I'm been down but something inside always tells me to " Get up " Thank's so much for coming by....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jodah. I did read that if every adult all over the world would give just one dollar it would stomp out hunger. Thank you for positive thoughts and heartfelt comments....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello again theresa. I can see Bill scratching his head. lol..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello jill of alltrades. Nice to meet you. Thank you for the lovely comment...

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Ruby,

      I've always loved the lyrics in "I Hope You Dance," and the images in this video are beautiful.

      I also love what you said in this line: "Hope is like a rope that dangles within reach but countless people refuse to grab it. Why is that? Is it because they've lost confidence and lack the enthusiam to even hope?"

      Yes, I do believe some people are so overwhelmed by a feeling of hopeless depression that they can't even reach for hope when it is there for the taking.

      Very sad, but I hope your words will reach anyone who's feeling that way and cause them to dare to hope once more. Things sometimes change for the better when we least expect it to.

      Hugs,

      Gail

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a beautiful hub! Short and sweet! And you picked one if my favorite subs, too! Thank you sui much for sharing this! Up++

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      Along with the wind 3 years ago from colorado

      You are very welcome!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello kljones. Thank you for the inspiring comment. Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. I agree. Hope does connect us in many ways. Now if I could get my muse to connect when I'm hoping for a really good idea for a story. I must say that i got a kick out of your toilet piece. lol.. Thank you for coming by.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. Yes, I didn't understand about waiting on Mar's hub before writing my hub. DUH.. I had this one up for two days and realized HP wasn't going to republish it, then I thought about adding the updated remark and they published it. Thank you for a wonderful comment, so happy you liked it. Thank's for sharing.. God Bless You..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lorne Hemmerling. Nice to meet you. I like your motto! Thank you for the beautiful comment....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. Thank's for the good wishes. I hope you are well. ( I read you were not feeling well. ) Take care Dear friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello fpherj48. So nice to see you on my page. Thank you for a heartfelt comment and sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg. Your comment brought a smile. Thank you so much for your loving support.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Dear Ruby, hope is perhaps the one thing that keeps us positive. The moment we lose it, negativity becomes our lot. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about hope. I, too, hope with all my heart that poverty comes to an end for once and for all :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo. I think we all hope for the same, a better tomorrow, health, family and friends. We ' gotta keep putting one foot in front of the other and go baby go. So glad you came by. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. What can I say that would be sufficient enough to let you know how much I appreciate your kindness toward my writing? You've helped me every step of the way into a field I knew nothing about when I first started my journey in writing. I remember once when HP wouldn,t feature my hub and I was ready to quit, you said, " Don't quit. " And i'm so glad i didn't. I really find joy in writing and reading other's hubs. Thank's again my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vickiw. I love your " gentle rain from heaven " comment. And yes, I agree, many have lost everything due to the economic downturn. I know people who have taken low paying jobs just to stay afloat. Thank you so much for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Shauna I love your comment! Thank you so much. What would life be like without hope? I can't imagine it. So glad you enjoyed my thoughts about hope....

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      I love this hub on the subject of hope carrying an underlying encouragement for your readers, "Don't give up on your dreams and don't lose hope". Thank you for posting this inspiring article. ;-) Sincerely, Mel

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful hub Ruby. You were the perfect choice for the baton of Hope. I agree with all the hopes you express here especially world peace and an end to hunger. I am also glad you didn't give up on your poetry after a harsh first critique. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Bill seems to be a bit confused LOL, and that is OK!

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      jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines

      What an inspiring hub! Yes, we must never lose hope. Hope is so empowering! Rated up and beautiful!

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      Along with the wind 3 years ago from colorado

      Very Inspiring.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I love that you chose hope--somehow that seems more important to me than humility--hope connects us to others

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how beautiful and the most beautiful "Good Word" of HOPE!!! I cannot imagine going through this life without it! It is so important that we all have hope in our hearts for the future, for if we did not ... there would be no future!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart here. I am so glad our precious Maria, passed the baton of hope to you, dear Ruby, as you have honored it and then some.

      I do hate it when HP does not recognize and send out new notifications when we unpublish for whatever reasons and then later publish and no email notifications are sent. Our precious, Maria, notified me of such publication, and I am so blessed in reading, precious heart.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing, of course!

      God bless you always

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      Lorne Hemmerling 3 years ago from Oshawa

      This is a wonderful, inspiring hub. I live by the motto 'Never Give Up'. Voted up, awesome and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sunshine. I fully agree. Hope is the most treasured emotion, without it life would be dull. As long as we have hope in our heart's we look for a better tomorrow. Thank you so much for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. Wonderful to see you. So happy you approve of my rendition of your hope baton passing. I have always loved that song too.

      Love you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      How wonderful, I hope you have everything you want and need, Hope is a wonderful word.

      Voted up, UABI and shared

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruby....Simply fabulous and voted way up and across the board (minus funny)......I am sharing this wonderfully inspiring work, far & wide. You've done an excellent job....

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Beautiful thoughts from a beautiful soul. Your tenderness and caring shine through in this lovely piece with radiant hope for a better world.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hopes and dreams are what keeps us going even when we can't see our way clearly because we've been disappointed so many times. Your hope for a better world is also what I'm hoping for, maybe one day hey. Nicely done.

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. What a beautiful presentation. There have been plenty of times in my life that hope was all I had. Your wish for world peace and a world witohut hunger are very two prominent reasons for hope to exist. Your poetry is wonderful because it comes for within you. Maria indeed selected the right author to shine the light on the Good Word - Hope.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Right now, I'm hoping so much for some rain to quench the thirst of the garden plants! Hope really is an optimistic word. As long as there's life, hope must be a part of it, because it's like the gentle rain from Heaven. It nourishes and keeps you moving forward, instead of staying stuck. We should all be mindful of those who only have hope left - they have lost everything else. Thank you for your beautiful and encouraging writing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, your spirit speaks to mine. I hope for the same things you do. Without hope we miss out on all the other qualities of life: faith, inspiration, love, peace, and everything else we can't touch with our hands but feel with our hearts.

      Your music choice is perfect. Maria was right in reaching out to you and you were right on in running with the Hope baton.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I agree no one should ever go hungry. At times in our lives it all seems like all we have left is hope...never lose hope. It keeps us going. It motivates us. Hope is a treasure we should never take for granted. Beautiful outlook on hope.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      Your thoughts are so tender and pure on this subject...when I close my eyes and absorb your heartfelt reflections and this beautiful song, I have a profound HOPE that all really will be okay in this world.

      Sharing far and wide - thank you for sharing your HOPE with us, sweet woman. Love you, mar

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. As you can see, I wrote this before Mar wrote her piece on hope, so i pulled it, waiting for her's to appear first. Thank you 4 weeks ago and now too...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very lovely write, Ruby, and how nice of you to participate in Jo's series. Hope....such an elusive commodity. :) May we never lose it.