Monday, December 31, 2018

A reverence for life

Even the simplest things —
the white fish swimming in her tank —
awaken in us a reverence for life;
for its astonishing resilience, complexity, and beauty...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Humble gifts

It’s not about the value
of the gifts we bring the world,
But rather the humility
with which we offer them.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Seek the light

In these dark days of winter,
our job is simply to seek and reflect the light.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Simple traditions

For 26 years now, the star our daughter made in preschool
has topped our Christmas tree.
Like Christmas, and the holidays, it always makes me smile:
simple traditions are the best!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Bracing for the storm

Facing into the new year,
not knowing what’s to come,
we drop anchor and brace ourselves
as best we can for the inevitable storms.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What matters more than achieving your dreams

It’s important to have dreams, but I’m
no longer convinced that it’s a failure
if we don’t reach our objectives.
It’s what we see and learn as we press
forward to achieve them that truly matters.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

As Christmas Day dawns, clear and bright,
we find, rising within us like the sun,
a fervent wish for peace, and hope, and health
for all with whom we share this precious life.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The best present

A spirit of welcome and acceptance
Is truly the best present you can give.
(Sculpture by Anita Feng)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Calm at the center

As the craziness of the holidays reaches its peak,
may you continue to find the bright calm
at the center of the storm...

Saturday, December 22, 2018

What lies beneath

Don’t be fooled by surface impressions—
There might be something surprisingly different
Lurking just beneath...

Friday, December 21, 2018

Seeking the holy

Having seen the great light,
We follow the star
In hopes of discovering yet again
The holy that lies resting in the ordinary.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Staying engaged

Just because it’s cold outside
Doesn’t mean you stop outdoor activity.
What will you do today
To stay engaged with Mother Nature?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What flows through you

There’s a gift that flows through each of us.
Be still, and listen:
What is it that you’re meant to bring
into the world today?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Obstacles as opportunities

Do not be daunted by the obstacles
Thrown into your path.
Think of them as opportunities
To test your mettle and learn new skills.

Monday, December 17, 2018

May the sky keep us humble

Look up, and let the vast, evolving,
Magnificent immensity of sky
Keep us ever humble
And filled with gratitude.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Invitation to wholeness

The world lies waiting before you,
an open invitation to wholeness and completion.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Triumph of the Light

Know this: no matter what threatens
to overwhelm you,
your innermost light will triumph over all,
its power fed by the one eternal Source.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Awash in joy

In this holiday season,
may you be awash with a tide of joy...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Signs of hope

In the midst of death
There are always seeds of new life...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Holy Ordinary

Through the filter of the trees
Drink in the colors of the sky
And be thankful for the wholly ordinary.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Aging beautifully

What Shakespeare said of Cleopatra
Is true of Mother Nature, too:
Age cannot wither her,
Nor custom stale her infinite variety.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Appreciate the light

The holidays go by so fast...
Make time to appreciate the beauty and the light.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Use your gifts

It’s not enough to simply have a gift.
You really need to take it out and use it,
Or it’ll just get rusty and freeze up...

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Treasuring community

Treasure those moments
When we gather in community
And share a meal together...

Friday, December 7, 2018

No need to be perfect

Just a reminder:
You don’t have to be totally tidy or clean,
Unblemished, in the prime of youth,
Or perfect in any way: you are still beautiful.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sharing the pond

We may be going different directions,
But never forget that we share the same pond:
Whatever you dump here affects us both.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The enchantment of mystery

Be not afraid, but curious
about our differences:
A little bit of mystery adds enchantment
to the forest that we share.

Monday, December 3, 2018

We are community

However you move forward in this world —
Whether sails or paddles, motor or oars —
Together we make up a community:
Let’s coexist in peace and mutual respect.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Look up from Now

Find a moment to look up from the Now:
From the mending and the bills;
From to-dos and complications,
And appreciate the beauty of the day...

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Break the chains of expectation

Breathe in divine acceptance: let your chest expand
And break the chains of others’ expectations,
Lest you pass those binding agents on
To stunt the growth of those whose lives you touch.