quote du jour ~nouwen – when we honestly…

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

~Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey

kikakou and basho ~mark nepo

We shouldn’t abuse God’s creatures.
You must reverse the haiku, not:
a dragonfly;
remove its wings—
pepper tree.
but:
a pepper tree;
add wings to it—
dragonfly.

~The Japanese master
Basho in response to
Kikakou’s poem

The destruction or healing of the world hinges on which way this thought unfolds. Whether we pull things apart or put things together makes all the difference. Indeed, Basho’s small instruction reveals to us how human history has unfolded, with one pilgrim taking things apart and another putting them back together, and on and on. Continue reading

quote du jour ~winnie the pooh – if ever there is…

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.

~Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne

love thy neighbor…now

My neighbor brought me a bag of home-grown vegetables yesterday. “We’ve got more than we can eat,” he said, as he handed me a bag of tomatoes (slicing and cherry), squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. His bicycle basket filled with plastic grocery bags containing the bounty from his and his wife’s garden, he was pedaling up and down the street delivering not only vegetables but also neighborly goodwill.

Later, as I lined up the tomatoes on the windowsill Continue reading