wcw – a warm and tender hand

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
– Henri J.M. Nouwen

wcw – fearlessness

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

– Helen Keller

 

Everything good in life requires fearlessness – a leap of faith, that trust fall into the world, the ability to throw yourself into the universe just to see what it gives back.

People who sit quietly, watching the world pass them by, squandering chance after chance to experience life…that is the nothing.  Those are the people who wake up at fifty and wonder where time has gone.

Make your life a daring adventure.

Sunday Snapshot: roaming free

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Kauai, Hawaii

The roosters roam free near Spouting Horn,
ignoring tourists who come to gawk
and take endless pictures
of the ocean.
They peck the ground patiently,
intent on lunch,
oblivious to children's feet
thundering past
with cries of "Careful!"
in the air.
Women open their stalls nearby,
setting up wares
while reckless visitors
lean too far over the fence,
craning their necks to catch
a single glimpse
of water flying
fifty feet high.
They come to see spectacular beauty
but rush right past
the gorgeous creatures
at their feet.

- ljh 2/1/17

wcw – meeting myself in the world

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

– David Mitchell

Travel is one of life’s truest teachers.  When I step out of my world and into the space around me I’m free – I let go of my day to day and open myself up to the possibilities.  It’s a chance to see the world for what it really is instead of its portrayal in magazines, news stories, or Facebook.

It’s when I find space in my heart for the truth that I finally meet myself.