Hope is the thing with feathers…


Thoughts:  What is hope?

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

      (See picture–painted by my husband for my birthday. He didn’t know about this being my favorite poem–I probably told him but he’s not much for poetry 🙂  )

Websters 1828 dictionary defines hope as:  (boldness in definition added by me)

“(noun.)  a desire of some good with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it.  Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.”

“(verb.) to cherish a desire of good, with some expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. To place confidence in; to trust in with confident expectation of good.

I love the wording in this definition: expectation (same root word as pregnant), obtainable, possibility, pleasure, joy, confidence and trust.  Can we ever have enough of these things in our lives?

Most of us, as children, start off with buckets full of hope. We believe in magic, fairies and superheros but somewhere along the road of life–way too early for some of us–that hope drains out as life pokes holes in our buckets or sometimes blasts a gap in the side of it.

     Okay, some might say, so what? We aren’t kids anymore. So let’s be real and keep our feet on the ground. Be adults about it. Right?

Wrong. A life without hope is a life without color and light. A life without expectation, possibility, pleasure, trust, etc. Hope is the driving force that is backed by faith and leads to love. If that sounds too dramatic then let’s imagine life without sugar or salt. Tasteless and flavorless. Ice cream? No sugar. Fries? No salt. Hope is an essential element to having a full life.

A hope-full life is a life that can have light and possibility even in the midst of the darkness and negativity around us. We’ve got nothing to lose–life is already challenging and at times dismal. So nothing ventured–nothing gained…

Craft:  Paper bird

In honor of the above poem and as a symbol of our goal of a more hope-full life, we will be making a paper bird. Once made, you are to hang or sit it somewhere you can see it as often as possible. You can make more than one. This is your symbol of your journey this year. Coming out of the nest of safety and learning to fly on the wings of hope (cheesy, I know but I couldn’t resist 🙂  )  If you want, you can write on your bird the words in the definition. Or write down the poem (there’s more to it if you want to look it up) and memorize it.

*use whatever you have: notebook paper and crayons/markers, scrapbook paper, old book pages, newspaper, or origami paper.

Here’s a few templates to use for a cutout:




Or make your own design. Feel free to be as creative as you want. Use glitter, feathers. paint, cloth…

You could use scrap material or felt to make a stuffed little birdie.

While the process of crafting is an integral part of Crafting Hope, if you are not so crafty or this month is too hectic, please make a guilt-free trip to the local craft or dollar store and purchase one or two to enjoy.


4 thoughts on “Hope is the thing with feathers…

    • I’m glad that you liked it. I would love to hear what you think and if the crafts make sense, etc. And if you decide to do the it, I would love to see what you did!

    • Thankfully it’s a “jump in whenever” process/blog. Thanks for the pictures of your birds. They really were pretty but I wouldn’t expect anything else from a crafter extraordinaire like yourself. It’s in the genes.

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