The particular mind of the ocean
Filling the coastline's longing
With such brief harvest
Of elegant, vanishing waves
Is like the mind of time
Opening us shapes of days.
As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.
The days when the veil lifted
And the soul could see delight;
When a quiver caressed the heart
In the sheer exuberance of being here.
Surprises that came awake
In forgotten corners of old fields
Where expectation seemed to have quenched.
The slow, brooding times
When all was awkward
And the wave in the mind
Pierced every sore with salt.
The darkened days that stopped
The confidence of the dawn.
Days when beloved faces shone brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A stream of buried tears loosened.
We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.
~ John O'Donohue
(To Bless the Space Between Us)
As John O'Donohue encourages, let us bless this year as it comes to its end and open our hearts to embrace the new year before us. I count myself blessed to be blogging with each and every one of you and have treasured all our exchanges in 2010. May your 2011 be filled with well-being, laughter, light and love.
P.S. The three images in this post were produced from photographs taken in the Spring of this year. Yes, you guessed it, they were manipulated digitally in PSE. I experimented with a few different versions and wanted to share them with you here. Enjoy . . . and again, Happy New Year dear friends.