A Spring in Your Step…

 In Reflections

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

What puts a spring in your step, even in the midst of winter? Your faith? Your friendships? The love of family?

No matter what we’re leaving behind, a new year always offers space for new possibilities. Taking advantage of what enlivens us can help us feel inspired about these possibilities instead of wary.

I found myself walking with a spring in my step on this cold, dreary morning and realized there were multiple sources for this burst of energy, most especially friendships. Friends reaching out to me this past week and me seeking out other friends as well.

As you embark on the journey through 2024, what sources of energy, inspiration, and hope can you call on to propel you forward when your inner landscape is feeling as dreary as some winter mornings?

Eremos’ new theme for 2024 of Thriving Together is already “working” its magic on me, as I intend to expand and deepen friendships this year. How might our focus on the power of community bring a spring to your step in 2024?

May you be blessed with delightful sources of support this year, and may they bring a spring to every step you take.

Be a Rainbow

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
―Maya Angelou

The Rarest Thing

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”
―Oscar Wilde

May you be inspired to truly live in 2024

Break the Habit

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”
―Rita Schiano

A Blessing for the New Year

Beannacht (the Gaelic word for “blessing”)

For Josie

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to 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 currach 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.

—John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us.

Note: the “curragh” mentioned in the third stanza is a boat. After reading through this poem a few times you might enjoy further inspiration from hearing the late, amazing John O’Donohue read this poem (link takes you to a YouTube recording featured on the OnBeing website).

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