Sorry for not blogging for awhile…preparing another book, creating a new agenda for Iona (I leave Friday), and general woman life issues have gotten in the way.
However, today on my beach walk I noticed as I was walking up the old weathered boardwalk that takes me through low lying dunes tufts of beach grass pushing through the cracks in the boards.
I smiled at their determination—to climb into being despite the barrier that had been laid on top of them.
I have always compared dune grass to women—it is hearty, strong, and it possesses determination (not to mention a root structure that goes on forever under the sand holding literally holding the beach in tact!). Sound familiar? Isn’t that what we women do with our families and communities, day after day?
Although tired because my walk was winding down I developed a kick in my step as I thought of all the women I have come to know who continue to push through issues, crises, relationships and like the dune grass, offer hope, not only to themselves but others with whom they come in contact. That would be you!
Joan, Thank you for taking the time to write again in the midst of all that you are doing. Your words of wisdom came at a perfect moment in my life. Today was a “pushing through issues” kind of day and it was comforting to think of my roots. Thank you for the gift of hope.
I have been thinking of Iona and you and all the women that will have this
amazing experience. I have put my Iona Christmas card on my bedside table
so I can see it every night before I go to bed. May you all have a blessed trip and come home safely. Oh! I wish I were with you.
Iona should be your gift every year…for a giver such as yourself, there is no other place to receive more…
What a gift to open your message this morning Joan… Glad to hear you are focusing on self-care, prioritizing life’s infinite opportunities, and very thrilled to hear you are working on a new book! Safe travels to Iona… May the magical spirits bring new insights, inspirations and internal validation of spirit… With deep gratitude and respect, Laurie
Wishing you a good journey.
“May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.
May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.”
From “For the Traveler” by John O’Donohue
marlene how beautiful and how amazing Iona was this time need to see you this year and thanks for the poem