The Blessing of Silence

Be grateful today.

Table for One

I struggled with words today.

I downloaded the On Being with Krista Tippett podcasts as MB suggested. I’ve listened to 1.5 podcasts, and there is a lot to share there. I had trouble locating her recommendation of Irish poet John O’Donohue via the podcast library, and turned to the On Being website, which is how I found this poem this afternoon.

For One Who is Exhausted, a Blessing

By John O’Donohue | Special Contributor

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are…

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