Courage and hope open our lives to fresh light

The unfolding of this powerful blessing from John O’Donohue feels like the story of my week.

And I suspect it will resonate with you too…

So here it is in full.


When the light around you lessens
And your thoughts darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as stone inside,

When you find yourself bereft
Of any belief in yourself
And all you unknowingly
Leaned on has fallen,

When one voice commands
Your whole heart,
And it is raven dark,

Steady yourself and see
That it is your own thinking
That darkens your world,

Search and you will find
A diamond-thought of light,

Know that you are not alone
And that this darkness has purpose;
Gradually it will school your eyes
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night-corner.


Invoke the learning
Of every suffering  
You have suffered.

Close your eyes.  
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create a spark.
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.

A new confidence will come alive
To urge you towards higher ground
Where your imagination
Will learn to engage difficulty
As its most rewarding threshold!

+ John O’Donohue, from Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, Bantam Press, 2007

As we face our fresh start, may we carry these words with us.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

This week

A few good words

The On Being podcast is back, and this first episode replays the beautiful conversation with children’s author Kate DiCamillo: On Nurturing Capacious Hearts.

‘In her writing, it is Kate DiCamillo’s gift to make bearable the fact that joy and sorrow live so close, side by side, in life as it is (if not as we wish it to be).’ Krista Tippett

It is a tender and riotous exchange that will touch you, whatever your age and irrespective of whether you have children…

Enjoy 🌿