Last week, my wondrous friend Lori (donnanddiablo.com) sent me one of John O’Donahue‘s exquisite blessings. I used to consider myself well-read – until I met Lori; moderately well-rounded – until I started following David Kanigan (davidkanigan.com), a tad lyrical – until I found Bill (drbillwooten.com). I also considered myself to have a modicum of some other qualities that have been brought into some question now that I am an avid fan of many of your blogs (and I could go on, but you know from my comments how highly I think of you very, very talented people who enrich my life so often). Creative, courageous, innovative, funny, unbridled – some of the adjectives that come to mind..
Anyhow, Lori and I are connected in ways too cosmic for me to fully understand. Our emails cross each other in the cyberspace almost daily, each of us thinking of the other simultaneously. She can intuit when something’s wrong, and I will feel a shadow across the sun if Lori is troubled. That I can sense something is ‘off’ with Jo for example, seems to come with breathing – we’ve known each other longer than we have known ourselves. But Lori and I began in tune without ever having met. I find it incredible and awesome. I feel this way about all those I love – each is a blessing. Corny? Mea culpa. Is there a way to say this without sounding corny? Probably, but this is a reflection of my limitation with the language nothing more.
I hadn’t heard of John O’Donahue. How I could have missed such beauty? So I share this with you – though it is Lori who should be thanked for this introduction. After emailing with a friend of mine earlier this morning, thinking about how we test ourselves and occasionally torture our thoughts and hearts, it seemed only right that I pass this along to you. I hope you receive it in the spirit with which it is given – with hope in the sunlight.
A Blessing For The New Year
On a day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.
And when your eyes
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colors
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
In the curragh of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.
44 thoughts on “Beautiful Blessings Remain”
~♥~ perfect and yes, lori does manage to find just the right words at just the right time. thank you mimi for sharing them here. xoxo
Thinking about you WW…xox
I know..I can feel it. xo
Beautiful and perfect blessing
It really is exceptional…thanks Bill.
Wow! Thank you. That is beautiful.
Pretty awesome isn’t it Deanna? It has stayed with me, which makes it all the more beautiful..
❤ (well, it would be right side up if I knew how to do it)…
I thought so too.. 🙂
Oh Mimi, this post touched my heart in ways I cannot articulate. I’ll never find a blessing that does justice to what your friendship, love and support have brought to my life…. Love you all there is, sweet friend. Know that always….xoxox, l
Well you know that feeling is reciprocated in full honey – and thank you for the correction…O’Donahue. Just proves that I really hadn’t heard of him, doesn’t it? 😉 xoxox, m
beautiful 🙂 I loved your description of how in tune you are with close friends. Especially liked the “shadow across the sun” line. Nice. And corny or no, it’s true what you say about resonating with other folk–there are those who just produce a sort of “zing” when meeting, even in “virtual” relationships. Souls connecting and all that. Really very cool to find that. And sounds like you’ve found that in spades, which may I say says loads about how in touch you are with who you are!
The poem is a beautiful gift…I had to pass it along to another friend of mine. I’m delighted to know that the amazing friendships I have experienced with people that I have never met are not unique. It is wondrous how two people connect, in such unique, special and meaningful ways. Thank you for sharing.
Beautiful-thanks for sharing!
Wonderful post Mimi (even without the kind mention which I am most grateful. And to be candid, I found your words (and your relationship with Lori) to touch me more than Mr. O’ Donahue’s…
That’s ’cause you sort of know us both, and you know Lori is some kind of special..;-) I could write an entire post about you my friend…one of these days.
I agree with David and must give you a thank you for introducing him and Dr. Billl-will have to check out Lori — I find that what you are interested in, I am interested in–and I never delete your posts, even when I am in a hurry–I save and come back to them
I feel like you and I are ‘finding’ our way to a special friendship to LouAnn – for I always return to your posts, find your thoughts parallel my own (sometimes even on the same day!)…Bill and David? What can I say – they are awesome each in his own way.
I think we are twins, born a year apart–I feel the connection too!
That makes me SO happy!
but think about our poor (imaginary) mother!
Well that’s just it – she’s imaginary, so I would think a year’s protracted labor was not a problem for her…;-)
What a beautiful blessing……………….
I thought so to Joanne..
When something is so beautiful that it immediately resonates in your soul there is only one thing to possibly add; Amen.
All there is Jo…xo
Your blog has been a blessing to you by connecting you to Lori and so many inspirational people and a blessing to all of us who are fortunate enough to have found you. Thank you everyone for another uplifting blog to carry us through another day!
Hasn’t this been an amazing ride Fran? And I’m so glad you’re on the road with me!
This blessing is a wonderful way to start my week.
Mine too…I have it printed out right next to my laptop. 😉
I have been reading the comments and wishing I could meet you guys in person.
Me too Julie! I would love to meet you!
What a beautiful poem and I am so happy for you that you and Lori have become such good friends through cyberspace. 🙂
Me too Elizabeth – I feel so blessed to have met a handful of people through this blogging world who are truly important to me (present company included).
Well maybe we will meet one day in the real world, when that “big” overseas trip for me finally eventuates.
Keep well 🙂
Now those are master strokes of poetry. I love the idea of yellow moonlight guiding me across a blackened sea.
Right up there with Frost…
Oh, the part with the colors to brighten you when sadness comes, the part with the moonlight guiding and lighting your way home and the ending that the wind would wrap a cloak of protection and love around you! All such wonderful blessings indeed!
I carry this with me in my heart and in a notebook – there’s something about it..