Build a Longer Table

“They can cut all the flowers, but you can’t hold back the spring.”  ―Pablo Neruda
“We will take our anger and disappointment and put our faith into action by focusing on radical welcome and protection for all families threatened by this decision.” ―Jim Wallis
“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ―Marcus Aurelius

by David Whyte

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone,
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your home

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.
“When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.”
“I think when I was born, I was a baby.” ―2-year-old Josiah

Gratitude List:
(I knew that yesterday’s announcement about DACA was going to come. I knew that this president has set about to systematically dismantle everything that the previous president stood for. Still, yesterday was another hard day for me, and I write today with an echo of a roar in my ears. I am angry and disheartened, and that is–too often–becoming the new normal. This is last year’s gratitude list from today, and it’s pretty perfectly apt for today.)
1. New ideas that keep the mind alive
2. The people who are welcoming the refugees
3. The people who stand up for justice
4. The voices of my friends the owls, calling from the bamboo forest
5. You. How we hold the world together, together. How our hands are joined across time and distance to form webs that carry and comfort, that heal and make whole.

Blessings on the Work!

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