BY RASHANI RÉA There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken, a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable. There is a sorrow beyond all grief which leads to joy and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength. There is a hollow space too vast for words through which we pass with… Read More Thankful Thursdays: The Unbroken
BY CARRIE NEWCOMER May you wake with a sense of play, An exultation of the possible. May you rest without guilt, Satisfied at the end of a day well done. May all the rough edges be smoothed, If to smooth is to heal, And the edges be left rough, When the unpolished is more true… Read More Thankful Thursdays: Blessings
BY EMILY DICKINSON A WORD is dead When it is said __Some say. I say it just Begins to live __That day.
BY WILLIAM STAFFORD There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die;… Read More Thankful Thursdays: The Way It Is
BY WENDELL BERRY It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one… Read More Thankful Thursdays: Our Real Work
BY DAVID WAGONER Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave… Read More Thankful Thursday: Lost
BY WILLIAM STAFFORD Starting here, what do you want to remember? How sunlight creeps along a shining floor? What scent of old wood hovers, what softened sound from outside fills the air? Will you ever bring a better gift for the world than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now? Are… Read More Thankful Thursday: You Reading This, Be Ready
BY FRANCINE MARIE TOLF Like King David, they have drunk the wine of astonishment. Mouths open wide, they lean toward me in this alley, swearing the world is good, that it is easy to live on fire, unnoticed, and do nothing but praise.
BY TRACY SHAW May you learn to dwell Below the surface of the days At home with the ebb and flow of Your own heart’s tides. May you find the womb space at the center of your Life, There grow wise in the sacred rhythm Of filling and emptying, Emptying and filling. There, held safe,… Read More Thankful Thursday: A Blessing for the Inward Way
Eleanor Lerman This is what life does. It lets you walk up to the store to buy breakfast and the paper, on a stiff knee. It lets you choose the way you have your eggs, your coffee. Then it sits a fisherman down beside you at the counter who say, Last night, the channel was… Read More Thankful Thursday: Starfish
Alberto Ríos, 1952 One river gives Its journey to the… Read More Thankful Thursday: When Giving Is All We Have