There are some things that one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. One has to go abroad in order to find the home one has lost.

Franz Kafka
There is more than one
way to unearth your life.  Time has
gone before you to
mark out a way to go:
forward, inward, onward, abroad
to wander in fields and in
markets, creating an order
among the days. To
know the terrain, to find
the molten center within yourself, the
still point, a home
within your own breath, one
beat of your heart has
ensured you can never be lost


If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hope.

St. Clement of Alexandria
What is hope, but imagination
lifted from the ordinary?
Pahts to lead us, one day
to something we might love

and the belief
that even our own
might walk those ways
into those lives


Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?

Mary Oliver
Listen:  it's time to face this thing you
are fearing.  Hiding can't protect
you in the end, but keep you from 
breathing in the midst of this

Just stop here for a minute

A life of being loved will be better
Little by little you will let yourself relax
and lean into others' strength
Calling yourself a coward is unkind
It is better to call yourself, your true self
a lover.  This is what you need, a 
life, a love, full to overflowing