The hill we climb

When day comes we ask ourselves,

where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace

And the norms and notions

of what just is

Isn’t always just-ice

When day comes we step out of the shade

aflame and unafraid

The new day blooms as we free it

For there is always light

if only we’re brave enough to see it,

if only we’re brave enough to be it.

~ Amanda Gorman, excerpts from Inauguration Poem 2021

Are you brave enough?

Fireflies

The light of fireflies grows and glows underground for 300 days before emerging transformed into the summer night. Rising on its wings, its light, long hidden, released to dance under midnight stars.

What light nurtured within you is ready to illumine the night?

Light and love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.

How do these words resonate within you?

One day…

“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.” Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from Birmingham Jail

How do you lift fear?

God alone is enough

Let nothing upset you,

let nothing startle you.

All things pass;

God does not change.

Patience wins

all it seeks.

Whoever has God

lacks nothing:

God alone is enough. St. Teresa of Avila

How does this inspire you to action or lead to complacency?

How long?

“Hold tight to hope, amidst all unanswered questions for even in uncertainty, there is strength to be found, and grace will still abound in what you do not understand.” Morgan Harper Nichols, All Along You Were Blooming

How do you hold on to hope? Or does hope hold onto you?