“It seems to me…

“It seems to me that after someone sweeps across your life like a red-hot flame, peeling back the shutters that sat over your heart and your mind and setting free your sweetest dreams or your worst nightmares, after things cool down you’ve got two choices. You can either slip back into your old self, your old life, tucking those things you were too scared to look at back into hiding, or you can keep those parts of yourself out until you get so used to them that they don’t scare you anymore and they just become a part of who you are.” ~ Sandra Kring

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It’s someone’s birthday today…

Yes, mine! Another year older…and I wish I could say another year wiser, but I’m not sure about that one.  Today seems like a good day to thank all of you for being a part of my life.  I am so grateful for the poets, the writers, the photographers, the artists, all of you who endlessly try to find what is good and pass it along ~ for sharing the beauty that you see in the world, for sharing your words of hope, of healing, of love, for sharing your experiences so that we all know that we are truly not alone.  You enrich my life each and every day and I feel blessed to be traveling this journey with all of you.  Thank you, with all my love. ~ Carol

Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

 
~~ Maya Angelou ~~