On Thanksgiving

There was a women, Judy, who worked as a sales assistant in my branch office in Chicago 10 years ago.  I have no reason to believe that her life was any easier than any other — quite possibly it was harder.  I’m sure she had her bad times and good times.  Yet, every day, when I would see her, and ask, “How are you?” — she always had the same reply, “I’m blessed.”  And she meant it.

It’s been a tough year for those of us who are connected to the financial markets, and for many others as well.   I try to remember Judy’s wisdom and remind myself of my many blessings.   Just in case you’re not feeling blessed, please accept this blessing from Irish poet John O’Donoghue.  And have a happy Thanksgiving.

Beannacht (“Blessing”)

On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, May the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window
And the ghost of loss gets into you,
May a flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue
Come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the currach of your thought
And a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of Earth be yours,
May the clarity of the light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,
An invisible cloak to mind your life.

One Response to “On Thanksgiving”

  1. Matt Says:

    Beannacht is a favorite of mine….to hear O’Donohue recite the poem himself (in on of the last interviews before his death) go here:
    The broadcast version of Krista Tippett’s interview is very good, but the un-edited 90 minute segment is really, really good.

    May the clay dance to balance you.

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