Encouragement

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One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own. There are times of great uncertainty in every life. Left alone at such a time, you feel dishevelment and confusion like gravity. When a friend comes with words of encouragement, a light and lightness visit you and you begin to find the stairs and the door out of the dark. The sense of encouragement you feel from the friend is not simply her words or gestures; it is rather her whole presence enfolding you and helping you find the concealed door. The encouraging presence manages to understand you and put herself in your shoes. There is no judgment but words of relief and release.


Quote: John O’Donohue
Excerpt from the book, “ETERNAL ECHOES”

Photo: © Ann Cahill
Co. Galway, Ireland

Active Hope

Active Hope is waking up to the beauty of life on whose behalf we can act.
We belong to this world.

 


Quote: Joanna Macy
Photo: Jaesung An

the beautiful stuff

We are cups,
constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is,
knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out.


Quote: Ray Bradbury

to grow ever kinder

Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually.
Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God
that is inside each of us.

 

 

Mary Oliver, Franz Marc’s Blue Horses