Creative Writing Saturday


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To The New Year

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning

so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible ~ W. S. Merwin

Quote Tuesday


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“Honor to the earth,” the abbot said, “honor to the dead in the passing of the year; honor to the living, in the coming of the new. A Great Year passes tonight. A new one begins. Let the good that is old continue and let the rest perish….”
~ C.J. Cherryh, Fortress of Owls

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It seems fitting that at this time of the year, when our thoughts are focused on endings and beginnings, that I should discover this amazing paragraph about the “seduction” of beginnings. In the event that you are facing the new year with trepidation, I trust that this quote serves as encouragement and ushers you on your way towards the abundant blessings that await you.

“There is a certain innocence about beginning, with its excitement and promise of something new. But this will emerge only through undertaking some voyage into the unknown. And no one can foretell what the unknown might yield. There are journeys we have begun that have brought us great inner riches and refinement; but we had to travel through dark valleys of difficulty and suffering. Had we known at the beginning what the journey would demand of us, we might never have set out. Yet the rewards and gifts became vital to who we are. Through the innocence of beginning we are often seduced into growth.” ~ John O’Donohue, “To Bless The Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.” 

Blessings, Lydia

All will be Well. ~St. Julian of Norwich

Quote Tuesday

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As I read a recent Kelly Rae Roberts blog post, she reminded me of this William H. Murray quote that I love:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Blessings, Lydia