Choosing slow, free, calm, gentle

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More California Raindrops by Carol at radiatingblossom.wordpress.com

More California Raindrops by Carol at radiatingblossom.wordpress.com

As I awaken from an 18-day disappearance from the blog-o-sphere, this poem, A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted by John O’Donahue shared by Carol on her Radiating Blossom blog, did a magnificent job of capturing what I’ve been feeling. I am so blessed with an Abundantly Delicious Life so it doesn’t feel quite right to even hint at hard days…and somehow I’m inspired to honor the ‘what is’ of my life in this moment.

I saw a familiar quality in Mr. O’Donahue’s poem: moving from darkness to light. So often when I feel inspired to write, it’s a journey of growth, moving from a place of challenge to a place of release, a place of confusion to clarity, a place of discontent to contentment, a place of resistance to openness. I felt the shift in the lines highlighted below. Did you feel the movement?

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Excerpt from A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted by John O’Donahue shared by Carol on her Radiating Blossom blog

Slow, free, calm, gentle…yes.

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About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

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