17 November 2012

What You Hold

In the gauzy web that is the remaking of my life, there has been joy, there has been heartache
and echoes from the past.

Sometimes punctuated by the occasional glass of wine, and good conversation.

During this walkabout of mine the words of Max Ehrmann drifted through the open window of my soul...
With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Some of you will know that is from his prose poem Desiderata, a quiet gem unearthed and polished by Max back in 1927. It has been around, riffed on, maybe cheapened by some.

But the window was open, a heart in need spoke to mine, and all I could see in my head was my hands holding the living, beating core of another. I was filled with humility and need, fright and honor that I was blessed to cup such a thing and that in the moment my sole purpose was to hold it gently, don't let it fall, don't let it break.

One beat. Two beats. A score or more flooding my veins and heart with love and quiet, to know that even in the face of heartbreak and sadness, we must hold on. We must help others hold on.

There is sham, drudgery and broken dreams. But there is beauty to be had, love to be created. Hold on, find the quiet center. Storms will pass and flowers grow, in the golden light shining from our hearts if we let it be.


  1. We must help others to hold on.
    So true.

  2. I have Desiderata on my fridge. Every morning I close my eyes, wave my hand around, then poke my finger at the paper. Whatever line I get, I try to reflect on throughout the day, and I can't tell you how many times my random pick wasn't so random after all.

  3. In helping others we often find the happiness needed to help ourselves.

  4. Tomorrow I will shout into the wind from the top of the nearest mountain... after the storm has passed the flowers will grow again in a golden shining light. Yup it will be done!!
    Tnx Gumbo :)

  5. Thanks, IG. We can certainly all use that reminder. I'm going to pass it along to those I know in need of it, for sure.

  6. One of my favorites. I used to have the Desiderata on the sidebar of my old blog. Thanks for the reminder. xo


"Let your laws come undone
Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

Tell me what is in your heart...