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May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer,
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

John O’Donohue

"May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within."
John O’Donohue

“We need to return to the solitude within, to find again the dream that lies at the hearth of the soul. We need to feel the dream with the wonder of a child approaching a threshold of discovery. When we rediscover our childlike nature, we enter into a world of gentle possibility.”
John O’Donohue

A great interview about creativity and the joy of doing you thing!
youtu.be/ZgECubQpcL4

"Before, I always lived in anticipation . . . that it was all a preparation for something else, something "greater," more "genuine." But that feeling has dropped away from me completely. I live here and now, this minute, this day, to the full, and the life is worth living."

Etty Hillesum

I got the feedback on my annotated bibliography for History - 78% is pretty good.

I didn't realize that I had more sources than the 10 required, and I did get a little messy on the referencing, but I'll fix it in the essay, haha.

Wish I'd clarified to the tutor that I didn't get a chance to read several of the major sources until after the assignment was submitted though (which is why I didn't have a better summary of their arguments).

“If there were a spiritual journey, it would be only a quarter inch long, though many miles deep. It would be a swerve into rhythm with your deeper nature and presence. The wisdom here is so consoling. You do not have to go away outside yourself to come into real conversation with your soul and with the mysteries of the spiritual world. The eternal is at home—within you.”
John O’Donohue

Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors and the Silence of the monastery would be shattered. This would upset the disciples; not the Master, who seemed just as content with the noise as with the Silence. To his protesting disciples he said one day, “Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self.”
Anthony de Mello

"The greatest learning of the ages lies in accepting life exactly as it comes to us."

Anthony de Mello, 

mastodon.social/media/JbyiBWHt

"You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story."
Anthony de Mello

writing.exchange/media/CKSsqA5

Dentists or dental hygienist of Mastodon, please help me!
My eight year old just dropped a baby tooth and it looks like this. Is that normal? I never seen one this "deep". She plugged it out herself.

Happy April!

TRUST NO ONE
BELIEVE NOTHING
DENY EVERYTHING

*dives for cover*

"Fairy tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water."

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

This was unexpected. I find myself in a hospital bed, I had to leave the church just before my Good Friday sermon because of severe stomach pain. My wife took me to the emergency and, well now I am here alone in a room feeling quite miserable. And it's the very same hospital I work at as a chaplain. Well I guess Good Friday is the best day to learn what pain is.

This was unexpected. I find myself in a hospital bed, I had to leave the church just before my Good Friday sermon because of severe stomach pain. My wife took me to the emergency and, well now I am here alone in a room feeling quite miserable. And it's the very same hospital I work at as a chaplain. Well I guess Good Friday is the best day to learn what pain is.

We're working to build a suite of tiny, focused tools that all work together, and share the same simplicity and privacy-awareness of Write.as. This little #blogging platform is just the start.

Now you can #follow along with each of them right here in the fediverse:

@readwriteas - stories from Write.as
@snap_as - photo and album hosting
@htmlhouse - HTML hosting

Future:
@draft_as - collaboration on text
@jot_as - private, encrypted notes

Sometimes you want to take a picture, capture how the morning light looks filtering through the trees; your cooled skin; the sound of birds.

But you can never smell the air in that photo. You can't look around to see the rest of the world from that spot you stood, capturing a split second of light.

The only way to remember it is to sit for a while; feel it as deeply as you can; accept that it'll never be as good as it is right now.

I don't even know if this is funny.

“The matter is quite simple. The bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly."

- Søren Kierkegaard