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Notes from a Peripatetic Hurricane Watcher #2

OK, I’ve done as much of the hurricane prep list as I can manage. We’re here, ready to hunker down for the duration. Next, of course, comes the question of what-are-I-going-to-do, if the lights go out and electronic connection is, for a period, denied. How to keep from going stir crazy, if, like me, your usual path to wellbeing involves a lot of connection? [Click "Read more..." to continue]


As I did the unnecessary task of straightening my bookshelves, I came upon a long-neglected volume by the late Irish writer John O’Donohue. In the mysterious way of some special books, didn’t it just fall open to a blessing for courage. Perhaps it will speak to you as it does to me.

When the light around you lessens

And your thoughts darken until

Your body feels fear turn

Cold as a stone inside . . .

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 the 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 towards higher grond

Where your imagination

Will learn to engage difficulty

As its most rewarding threshold!

(John O’Donohue, “For Courage,” in Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, 2007)

Do all you can to be safe and dry.

Know that you are precious.

You are loved.

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