Friday, March 18, 2011

"...a diamond-thought of light..."

For Courage

When the light around you lessens
And your thoughts darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as a 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 one 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 toward higher ground
Where your imagination
Will learn to engage difficulty
As its most rewarding threshold!

~John O'Donohue
To Bless the Space Between Us

Yesterday I visited the blog of Cait O'Connor and was heartened to find a poem/blessing by my beloved John O'Donohue in her post.  Reading his words of comfort and inspiration, I was moved to pull a couple of his books off a bookshelf so that I could realign my thinking with his wisdom.  I found the above 'blessing' from his book "To Bless the Space Between Us", and find it to be an appropriate follow-up to my previous post of March 16th.  I hope you find en-courage-ment in his poem too.


  1. Such a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing. It spoke directly to me, as I'm sure it does to many.

  2. Wow! I felt THAT!

    Warm Aloha to you
    from Honolulu!

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  3. Yes, yes! That is so helpful. ...a diamond-though of light...

  4. how apropo in the shadow our world finds itself in now...we do create those shadows in our minds and i think there is wisdom in this verse...

  5. HI BONNIE -oh my, how beautiful,. I am printing it and putting it on my frige. "thank you" oh yes, "thank you"
    Love Gail

  6. Wise words indeed, Bonnie. Greatcomfort at a time like this when there is so much suffering in the world.

  7. I believe this blessing with all my heart and follow its truth daily. I need a spark, and then I'm off.


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