little bit of lagniappe

reflecting on everyday grace

Archive for the tag “presence”

“We are all meant to shine”

Here is a deep, liberating truth that wakes, holds, and roots me today; may it be and do the same for you:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Williamson


The House of Belonging


I awoke
this morning
in the gold light
turning this way
and that

thinking for
a moment
it was one
like any other.

the veil had gone
from my
darkened heart
I thought

it must have been the quiet
that filled my room,

it must have been
the first
easy rhythm
with which I breathed
myself to sleep,

it must have been
the prayer I said
speaking to the otherness
of the night.

I thought
this is the good day
you could
meet your love,

this is the black day
someone close
to you could die.

This is the day
you realize
how easily the thread
is broken
between this world
and the next

and I found myself
sitting up
in the quiet pathway
of light,

the tawny
close-grained cedar
burning round
me like fire
and all the angels of this housefly
heaven ascending
through the first
roof of light
the sun has made.

This is the bright home
in which I live,
this is where
I ask
my friends
to come,
this is where I want
to love all the things
it has taken me so long
to learn to love.

This is the temple
of my adult aloneness
and I belong
to that aloneness
as I belong to my life.

There is no house
like the house of belonging.

– David Whyte

What do these pictures “say” to you?

Dear friends, please forgive the long hiatus, as the glorious grind of school during the month of October has allowed for little blogging room…and little room for much else!

I’m still buried under the grind, but while I wonder about and wait for what to write/explore next, I feel the need to post images forwarded to me this past week.

Here they are:


Having coffee…


Getting together with friends in a restaurant…



Enjoying the beauty in a museum…
















Pleasantly chatting in a cafe’ …




















Enjoying a day at the beach…












At the stadium,  supporting the team…











Having fun with your significant other…













Appreciating the town in a convertible …





















“I fear the day when  technology exceeds our humanity.”

-Albert Einstein

I find these images disturbing and tragic not only because they project the overarching reality of our current world, but also I have caught myself in similar scenes (and that makes my stomach churn).


I’m thankful for these images to wake me up from an electronic, numbing slumber to which I do NOT want to be a slave.

What do YOU think of these images?  Einstein’s accompanying quote?  Are we “awake” to the grace of and in everyday life?

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