the gift of laughter

I am especially glad of the divine gift of laughter; it has made the world human and lovable, despite all its pain and wrong.

 

Laughter can renew like a short nap in the afternoon or a refreshing journey outside after a long day.

My mother and I have always had a way of sharing a burst of laughter that might touch us so deeply it can bring soul-washing tears. Under stress, feeling pain or the burden of grief, we can find ourselves noticing something silly one of us may have said. In a snap, we are moved into Grace-filled and stress-releasing laughter. And in those moments, we know laughter’s divine gift.

No one can plan this type of laughter. It is spontaneous and comes from a deep place in each of us. It is healing and brings people together.

At this time in our world, I pray we share much of this type of laughter- amongst ourselves and beyond our neighborhoods.

We are in need of its healing and its ability to unite.


Quote: W.E.B. Du Bois
PHOTO: Eye for Ebony

 

found in Gratefulness.org

widen the lens

The universe is wider than our views of it.


Quote: Henry David Thoreau

 

from Gratefulness.org

Your place…

The world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

 


Quote: Mary Oliver
Image: David Kanigan

Twilight

Soft the dove-hued shadows mingle,
Color fades, sound droops to sleep.
Life and motion melt to darkness
Swaying murmurs far and deep.
But the night moth’s languid flitting
Stirs the air invisibly:
Oh, the hour of wordless longing;
I in all, and all in me.

Twilight—tranquil, brooding twilight,
Course through me, serene and smooth;
Quiet, languid, fragrant twilight,
Flood all depths, all sorrows soothe,
Every sense in dark and cooling
Self-forgetfulness immerse,—
Grant that I may taste extinction
In the dreaming universe.


Quote: Fyodor Tyutchev, from Twilight; (Translated by Avrahm Yarmolinsky). Written in 1835.

Photo: DK @ Twilight. 5:45 am September 12, 2021. 67° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT. 

with thanks to David Kanigan 

the course of life

How can you follow the course of your life
if you do not let it flow


Quote: Lao Tzu quoted in Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
Photo: Path By Creek, Adobe Stock