To begin a New Year

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.


Quote: Charlotte Brontë
Image: Mabel Amber

Miracle

A miracle is not defined by an event.
A miracle is defined by gratitude.


Quote: Kate Baestrup

Bless what there is, for being

 

Bless what there is, for being…
bless it because it exists;
you need no other reason…
~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

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