Not because it is mine…. but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize
that in many ways it is yours Maybe nothing is more important Than that we keep track you and I, Of the stories of who we are And where we have come from And the people we have met along the way. Because it is precisely through these stories And all their particularities, As I have believed and often said, That God is known most powerfully and personally. If this is true, it means that to lose track of our stories Is to be profoundly impoverished Not only humanly but also spiritually I not only have my secrets, I am my secrets And you are yours Our secrets are human secrets And our trusting each other enough To share them with each other Has much to do with the secret Of what it means to be human. ~Frederick Buechner
All stories are true and some actually happened.
~Caryl Menkus Creswell
My word for 2017 was story and yes it did have a profound
impact on me through remembering and hearing others stories.
About half way through the year another word came to me,
it was Kindness. It has stuck with me along with Story.
As I approach 2018 I find that I want to carry Kindness forward
into the new year, but add Courage to the mix.
My religion is kindness.
Courage with Kindness is it, it will carry me through 2018. To tell you the truth Courage scares me a bit, but I know it is the word I need to embrace with Kindness. The picture shows a roller coaster. I find it is a good metaphor for Courage. Sometimes there will be exhilarating ups and sometimes terrifying downs. Come along with me as I learn about Courage with Kindness.
A pretty picture of two sharing a moment of beauty. No other reason to post this picture, but that we need beauty surrounding us.
This week between Christmas and New Year's is always a time for
reflection and quiet times sitting before the fire.
A friend sent this to me at the beginning of the year.
It was written by her minister.
May you also be blessed in this new year.
New Year's Blessing:
May your eyes be awakened to the beauty all around. May you notice the clear colors, and the quality of the light And appreciate their gifts. May your ears discover the quiet you need to go deeply into your own soul and truly listen to what you find there. May you have the strength to let go of those habits and thoughts that are no longer serving you, that you may explore and embrace new hobbies or ideas that will bring joy into your life. May you receive the blessing of helping another, and the blessing of needing help that is gracefully provided. May you enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and sunshine, a warm mug of tea, or a long walk. May you sing, even when no one is there to hear. May you have whatever balance you need of solitude and togetherness—because we each need both, but to different degrees. May you have the courage to forgive, and the grace to realize the sufferings you cannot see, and may that same grace be offered to you. May you cry over a good movie, or a good book, and seek out the stories of others. May you cry over the state of the world, and do something to make it better. May the life of another be easier, because you have lived. May you nurture and be nurtured. Hold, and be held. Love, and be loved. May it be so.
Many things bring great delight to me: tea, gardens, flowers, outdoors, food, and friends that cross my path. These all make my heart sing with small chuckles, giggles, laughter, and tears. It is my desire to seek beauty all around me, have the heart of a wanderer, a storyteller.